Kathryn Watson, DCNF
Up to 20 people had access to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s private email system, Clinton IT tech Justin Cooper testified Tuesday before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (HOGR).
Cooper — the longtime aide to former President Bill Clinton who helped set up Hillary Clinton’s servers and destroyed some of her BlackBerry phones with a hammer — said “less than 20 people” had access to the former secretary of state’s private servers, although he didn’t offer an exact number. Cooper revealed to the committee he had no security clearance when he set up and accessed the original Clinton servers in 2008 during Hillary’s first presidential bid.
Cooper also told the committee he didn’t know what “security functions” were on the servers or whether they were encrypted.
“You’re running it, you don’t even know if it’s encrypted?” HOGR Chairman and Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz said.
Clinton’s servers hosted thousands of emails, including ones with classified information.
Chaffetz said Cooper gets “brownie points” for both showing up and testifying, when three other invited Clinton IT witnesses did not, but expressed concern over the security of Clinton’s servers and sensitive information.
“It’s you … up against the Chinese and the Russians,” Chaffetz said to Cooper.
Tuesday marked the second of three HOGR hearings in a week on Hillary’s emails.
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