After consulting with Citizen Activist Dr. Larry Kawa, Judicial Watch has presented the FBI with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to deliver the contents of Hillary Clinton’s electronic communications (texts, emails, etc.) that were turned over by Datto Inc. to the FBI as of October 2015. Kawa has been active in previous cases seeking the disclosure of State Department related emails.
Citizen Activist Dr. Larry Kawa of Boca Raton, Florida today announced that he has expanded the scope of his efforts to bring former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s hidden electronic communications to light. He is now calling for full disclosure of a hard drive that was turned over by Datto Inc. to the FBI as of 2015. According to CNN, the contents of the Datto hard drive are believed to contain all of Hillary Clinton’s backed up electronic communications from her time as Secretary of State.
Previously, Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit to produce Mrs. Clinton’s Benghazi related emails on behalf of Dr. Larry Kawa in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, West Palm Beach Division (Larry Kawa v. U.S. Department of State (No. 9:15-cv-81560). According to court documents, U.S. District Court Judge William P. Dimitrouleas then ruled that the State Department should produce the Hillary Clinton Benghazi related emails by September 13, 2016. The government found no responsive records for this case and it was closed.
According to the New York Times, an unknown number of Mrs. Clinton’s electronic files were destroyed by the order of her attorneys using a sophisticated software known as BleachBit.
In addition, according to the New York Times Mrs. Clinton’s files were also physically destroyed by striking at least two of her personal devices with hammers after the date they were requested by Congressional Subpoena from the House Oversight Committee. According to Bloomberg, other devices under Congressional Subpoena such as laptops were eventually mailed to undisclosed locations and whose current whereabouts are unknown.
The items searched in Kawa v. U.S. Dept. of State were limited to those records that were transferred to the State Department by the FBI on August 5, 2016. According to the FOX News and several FBI agents, at no point did the FBI request a search warrant to search Mrs. Clinton’s home. Additionally, other locations such as the offices and homes of Mrs. Clinton’s key staff members, and the offices of the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative, were never searched under a search warrant from the FBI.
Instead of utilizing a search warrant, according to FOX News, the FBI compelled the production of certain pieces of evidence by granting transactional immunity to several members of Hillary Clinton’s staff including her top aide Cheryl Mills. During a Congressional hearing, Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA) asked FBI Director Jim Comey give out so many immunity agreements shielding Clinton aides from “prosecution for crimes committed related to the destruction of documents or withholding or other crimes pursuant to Congressional subpoenas.” In addition, according to FOX News, as part of a side agreement with Clinton aides, the FBI agreed to limit the search files dated no later than Jan. 31, 2015.
According to the FOX News, as part of the agreement of the full transactional immunity given to Cheryl Mills and other aides, the FBI agreed to physically destroy their devices once they were searched by the FBI.
In an interview with 60 Minutes that aired on October 11, 2015, President Barack Obama stated unequivocally to Steve Kroft that he didn’t know about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State. According to Politico and CNBC, it has been revealed that President Obama had been using a pseudonym email address to communicate with Mrs. Clinton on her private server. According to the New York Times, Cheryl Mills then wrote to John Podesta about this issue stating, “we need to clean this up.”
According to the Telegraph, President Obama has previously said that Hillary Clinton is “willing to say anything to get elected.”
Kawa began to search further and found the existence of Datto Inc., a second company (in addition to Platte River Networks) that had access to Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
According to Politico, Platte River Networks subcontracted Datto Inc. to back up Mrs. Clinton’s data in their own cloud. The contents of that cloud server were delivered to the FBI as of October 2015.
After learning about this information, Kawa made Judicial Watch aware of the existence of this device. While Kawa considered doing an additional FOIA request, he has decided to ask Judicial Watch to start a new legal case without him as the plaintiff. According to the Telegraph, Judicial Watch has been successful in getting the government to legally produce emails through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) which they have subsequently released to the public.
According to FOX News, leaked emails have been published on Wikileaks and DC Leaks. According to FOX News, Seth Conrad Rich, a DNC Voter Outreach staffer who was declared by Julian Assange as the “potential” source for the DNC email leaks, was murdered in Washington DC on July 10, 2016.
Kawa and Judicial Watch mutually agreed that the best course of action would be to swap out the case regarding the release of Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi related emails with a new case to request the full disclosure of the contents of the Datto Inc. hard drive that was turned over to the FBI.