Hillary's email scandal gets more involved with the passing of each and every day.
The FBI’s probe into the security of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s e-mail has expanded to include a second private technology company, which said Tuesday it plans to provide the law enforcement agency with data it preserved from Clinton’s account.
The additional data, provided by Connecticut-based Datto Inc., could open a new avenue for investigators interested in recovering e-mails deleted by the former secretary of state — now the Democratic presidential front-runner — that have caught the interest of GOP lawmakers.
Datto’s work on the Clinton e-mail system became public Tuesday when the Republican chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee sent the company a lengthy letter seeking information about the role it and other firms played in managing the Clinton e-mail system.
Datto was hired to provide backups for the Clinton e-mail accounts starting in May 2013 by Platte River Networks, the Colorado-based tech firm hired earlier that year by the Clinton family to manage the system after Hillary Clinton concluded her term as secretary.
The FBI has been investigating whether classified information may have been improperly stored and transmitted through Clinton’s private server.
Platte River handed over a server to the FBI in August.
An official from Datto told The Washington Post on Tuesday about his company’s interactions with the federal investigators. “Datto is working with the FBI to provide data in conjunction with its investigation,” said Michael Fass, general counsel at Datto. Fass said Datto had received consent to turn over data from the Clintons and from Platte River. A Datto official said the FBI would receive a “node,” a piece of hardware the company housed in Pennsylvania that allowed it to store data on its cloud.
Spokesmen for the FBI and the Clinton campaign did not respond late Tuesday to requests for comment. Peter Carr, a spokesman for the Department of Justice, declined to comment.
It is not clear whether the data provided by Datto includes any material from Clinton’s time as secretary of state. Late Tuesday, officials from the two tech firms disagreed about the possibility that years-old e-mails Clinton has deemed personal and deleted could be recovered by the FBI.