A House committee has issued a referral for prosecution against the head of an IT firm that managed Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
The referral against Treve Suazo, CEO of Platte River Networks, alleges that the company “flatly refused” to comply with subpoenas for documents related to their work on Clinton’s server.
The committee is referring the matter to determine if the company head is guilty of obstruction of justice and making false statements.
Via the Daily Caller:
Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, the chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, issued the referral for Treve Suazo, the CEO of Platte River Networks.
“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,” Smith said in a statement.
Platte River, which is based in Denver, took over management of Clinton’s server in June 2013, several months after Clinton left the State Department. Prior to that, the email system, which housed thousands of classified documents, was managed by State Department IT worker Bryan Pagliano.
Two other companies that worked on the private server willingly complied with document requests, while Platte River did not.
Additionally, House aides said that one of the company’s technicians, Paul Combetta, received 50 alerts regarding hacking attempts by various entities, ignored them, and then put in a request to stop receiving alerts.
Sharp-eyed readers of The Political Insider will recognize the name. Combetta helped Clinton wipe her server clean of evidence requested from federal authorities, even taking to Reddit to seek advice on how to commit the crime.
“I need to strip out a VIP’s (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived emails,” Combetta fretted, an action which one colleague warned “could result in major legal issues.”
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) September 19, 2016
Combetta cited his Fifth Amendment rights in refusing to answer questions before a congressional committee back in September.
He was granted immunity by Barack Obama’s Justice Department.
The Platte River CEO may not fare so well.
“Failure to comply with duly issued subpoenas and obstruction of a congressional investigation will not be tolerated,” 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.”
What were they trying to hide?
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