Chairman Chaffetz Requests Review for Obstruction of Justice in Clinton Email Case

Published: Sep 6, 2016

Letters outline timeline of destruction of evidence

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) sent a letter to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia (USADC) requesting a review of evidence that may amount to obstruction of justice and destruction of evidence by Secretary Clinton and her employees and contractors. 

Chairman Chaffetz also sent a letter to former Secretary Clinton’s IT management company, Platte River Networks (PRN), for information related to potential evidence destruction.

Excerpts of the letters are below:

Letter to USADC:

“In reviewing those files, the Committee identified a sequence of events that may amount to obstruction of justice and destruction of evidence by Secretary Clinton and her employees and contractors, including her attorneys, employees of Platte River Networks, and employees of Clinton Executive Services Corporation.

“In light of this information, the Department should investigate and determine whether Secretary Clinton or her employees and contractors violated statutes that prohibit destruction of records, obstruction of congressional inquiries, and concealment or cover up of evidence material to a congressional investigation.” 

Letter to PRN:

“In brief, the summaries of the FBI’s interviews with a PRN engineer show that within days of a conference call with Secretary Clinton’s lawyers, the engineer deleted archives of Secretary Clinton’s emails, despite knowing those records were covered by preservation orders and a subpoena from Congress.

“The sequence of events leading up to the destruction of Secretary Clinton’s emails… raises questions about whether Secretary Clinton, acting through her attorneys, instructed PRN to destroy records relevant to the then-ongoing congressional investigations.”

Full text of the PRN letter can be viewed here.

Full text of the USADC letter can be viewed here.