Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) announced Monday that his office has issued subpoenas to several technology vendors who helped establish or maintain former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email servers. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) has filed a complementary measure in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said that the subpoenas issued to three technology firms are critical to uncovering the truth behind Clinton’s private sever. Through their testimony, Congress hopes to gather more clues regarding the tens of thousands of emails Clinton and her staff hid from federal investigators for the last two years. To date, these companies have refused to comply with Congressional subpoenas, despite repeated requests for information by senior lawmakers responsible for oversight.
“The information being sought is a crucial step in bringing greater transparency to Secretary Clinton’s ‘extremely careless’ – I would call it dangerously reckless and grossly negligent – email practices,” Johnson said in a statement.
The Wisconsin Republican says that he hopes further investigation will yield new protocols to prevent scandals that endanger American national security from happening again.
Despite the Obama Administration’s decision to decline to prosecute Secretary Clinton for behavior that they concede was outside the law, the majority of the American people still believe Clinton’s actions were either unethical or illegal. According to a July poll conducted by The Washington Post and ABC, 57 percent of Americans said her server scandal made them worried about a potential Clinton candidacy, while only 39 percent said they didn’t relate it to her potential leadership of the country.
The survey also found that 56 percent of Americans think the FBI made a mistake by not charging Clinton with a crime, compared to just 35 percent who approve of the agency’s decision. Even 30 percent of Democrats said they disapproved of the FBI’s refusal.
Read more about the latest subpoenas from Johnson at The Hill.