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GOP chairman demands interview with Clinton IT aides after Reddit posts show they sought info on how to modify emails before turning them over

GOP chairman demands interview with Clinton IT aides after Reddit posts show they sought info on how to modify emails before turning them over

Katie Bo Williams | The Hill

The House Science Committee is demanding interviews this week with employees of the IT firm that managed Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Two of those employees, Paul Combetta and Bill Thornton, recently pleaded the Fifth Amendment when subpoenaed to testify about the server before the House Oversight Committee.

Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) had originally demanded transcribed interviews with seven Platte River Networks employees in July, but has been rebuffed.

But Wednesday reports that Reddit users have uncovered a post by Combetta asking how to modify certain emails for a “VERY VIP” client have led Smith to demand the interviews be scheduled by Friday of this week.

“If true, these details raise new questions as to whether Platte River Networks purposefully defied legal document retention requirements. Further, it is unclear if the Federal Bureau of Investigation was aware of these facts at the time of their investigation,” Smith wrote in a letter sent Wednesday.

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