- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 27, 2017

A House committee asked the Justice Department Thursday to pursue contempt of Congress charges against the head of the company that was responsible for handling Hillary Clinton’s controversial secret email server.

Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the Science Committee, said they repeatedly pushed for Platte river Networks to come clean and to produce documents detailing their handling of Mrs. Clinton’s server, but company CEO Treve Suazo misled them.

Platte River Networks, a company hired by former Secretary Hillary Clinton, has deliberately withheld requested materials from the committee and refused to comply with lawfully issued subpoenas,” Mr. 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.”

Platte River Networks was responsible for maintaining and then purging Mrs. Clinton’s system — the deletion that likely erased government records Mrs. Clinton was required, under federal law, to maintain. The company failed to purge the emails initially, despite a request from Mrs. Clinton, but then did so soon after The New York Times reported on the former secretary’s secret emails in early 2015.

Mr. Smith said his committee began prodding Mr. Suazo for documents in January 2016, and despite repeated calls and emails and subpoenas the company didn’t comply. Mr. Smith said Mr. Suazo and his lawyers intentionally misinterpreted the scope of subpoenas to avoid turning information over.

PRN’s employees undoubtedly have information related to the security of former Secretary Clinton’s private server arrangement,” Mr. Smith said in his referral to Justice.

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