Congressional committee asks DOJ to prosecute head of IT firm that managed Hillary’s email server

A congressional committee has asked the Justice Department to look into prosecuting the head of the technology services company that managed Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee referred Treve Suazo, the CEO of Platte River Networks, to the U.S. Department of Justice, accusing him of obstruction of justice and making false statements, according to The Daily Caller.

“With a new administration in place, I am hopeful that the Department of Justice will appropriately respond to the referral. We cannot allow companies with valuable information to stonewall us in our oversight efforts,” Rep. Lamar Smith, the chairman of the House committee, said in a statement.

Platte River “flatly refused” to turn over documents demanded under subpoena, House aides told reporters in a conference call on Thursday. Two other companies, Datto and SECNAP which managed parts of the system, did comply with requests for documentation, the aides said.

The information obtained by the cloud computing company, Datto, “raised serious concerns about the vulnerability” of what was stored on Clinton’s server, according to the aides who said Datto directed Platte River to encrypt the information on the server.

“We didn’t see any evidence that those encryption measures were taken,” the aides said, according to the Daily Caller.

Clinton’s email system was managed by State Department IT worker Bryan Pagliano until the Denver-based Platte River company took over its management in June 2013, months after Clinton left her position as secretary of state.

The Daily Caller reported:

The aides also said that a Platte River technician, Paul Combetta, received at least 50 alerts about hacking attempts on Clinton’s server originating from Korea, Germany, France and the U.S. The aides said that Combetta responded to those email alerts by asking to be removed from the alert system.

Combetta was one of two Platte River Networks employees who pleaded the Fifth during a House hearing last September. Bill Thornton, another technician, refused to testify at a House Oversight Committee hearing about their work on Clinton’s server.

Combetta also lied to the FBI during one of his interviews about his work on Clinton’s server. Despite that, he was granted immunity from the Justice Department in order to cooperate with the investigation.

“Failure to comply with duly issued subpoenas and obstruction of a congressional investigation will not be tolerated,” Texas Republican congressman Smith said in a statement.

“As a result, the Committee is referring Mr. Treve Suazo, CEO of Platte River Networks, to the Department of Justice for prosecution under federal laws pertaining to failing to produce subpoenaed documents, making false statements to Congress regarding possession of documents, and obstructing Congress.”

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Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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