During a House Oversight Committee hearing Tuesday examining the destruction and deletion of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email archives, Republican Congressman Jim Jordan pulled up an email sent between Platte River Networks employees expressing concern they were being used as part of a cover-up. Platte River is the company that hosted and managed Clinton's private server, which regularly transmitted top secret, classified information.
"Starting to think this whole thing is really covering up a lot of shady sh*t," an email sent by either Platte River employee Paul Combetta or Bill Thornton stated on August 15, 2015.
The email also expressed the need for the Clintons to provide documentation of deletion requests so the company had a record to protect themselves. During the hearing Tuesday, Combetta and Thornton plead the fifth and refused to testify.
Two weeks after the New York Times busted Clinton in March 2015 for using a private email server, top Clinton aide Cheryl Mills held a conference call with other top staffers and Platte River Networks. Shortly after the conference call, Combetta used BleachBit to wipe out Clinton's email archive. At this point, the FBI had been investigating Clinton for criminal misconduct surrounding her private email use for four weeks and preservation orders from Congress, including subpoenas, had already been issued.