While it may seem as if Hillary Clinton and her buddies are never going to answer for their email scandal, it looks like one House committee wants to see justice done.A House committee is petitioning the Justice Department to have criminal contempt of court charges filed against the e-mail firm involved in Hillary’s mess.
House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, a Republican from Texas, is leading the effort.Politico is reporting:
House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) made the request Thursday for a criminal contempt of Congress prosecution against Platte River Networks CEO Treve Suazo for allegedly failing to turn over documents relating to the firm’s storage of Clinton’s emails after she left the State Department.
In a 15-page letter, Smith also asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to consider charging Suazo with obstruction of justice and making false statements to Congress.The chairman said he hoped prosecutors would be more open to bringing charges under President Donald Trump’s administration than they would have been during the previous one.
“Failure to comply with duly issued subpoenas and obstruction of a congressional investigation will not be tolerated,” Smith said. “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.”
An attorney for Denver-based Platte River, Ken Eichner, did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the development.Several congressional committees probing Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state have been seeking records for nearly two years about Platte River’s role in hosting Clinton’s email system following her departure from the State Department in 2013. Many of the inquiries have focused on what security measures were in place and what evidence there was of hackers, foreign adversaries or others probing Clinton’s email data.
At various times during last year’s presidential campaign, Republican lawmakers accused Clinton and her lawyers of obstructing the probes and of instructing Clinton’s service providers not to turn over relevant documents or offer testimony. Clinton’s camp said at the time that they were cooperating with the FBI investigation that was underway, but they never offered a full pledge of cooperation with the congressional probes.
Congressional aides said Thursday that Clinton’s personal attorney David Kendall was involved in reviewing some documents provided by two other firms involved with the Clinton email set-up, Datto and Secnap. Smith’s committee eventually reached an agreement with Kendall about what records would be provided to the panel, the aides said.It seems this whole mess has dragged a lot of folks down into the muck and mire.
While everyone who played a part should be punished, the one who ultimately should be held accountable for this — and many other crimes — is Hillary Clinton herself.
Let’s hope this committee is successful in their endeavors, and that we one day see Clinton pay for her crimes, as well.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]