The House Oversight committee held a hearing on Tuesday to “examine the circumstances leading to the failure to preserve federal records during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State.”
In particular, the interaction between Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Clinton aide Justin Cooper stood out among the proceedings.
Chaffetz asked Cooper if he had security clearance during his time at the State Department under Clinton’s previous tenure as Secretary of State. Cooper replied that he did not:
Chaffetz: When you had full access to the whole server the entire time that you were working for the Clintons […] ?
Cooper: Yes, I had access to the server.
Chaffetz: And you have no security clearance?
Cooper: I have no security clearance.
Cooper is the same aide that carried out the destruction of several of Clinton’s 13 Blackberry devices.
The FBI, which released the interview notes between the agency and Clinton, recorded that Cooper could recall at least two occasions when he destroyed Clinton’s mobile devices by using a hammer or breaking them in half. It was stated that an old device would be destroyed when it was replaced by a new one.
Cooper notably did not state who directed his actions.
During the hearing, Cooper also confirmed the existence of other personal devices in Clinton’s New York and Washington, D.C., residences. Clinton did not disclose them to the FBI.
The FBI notes also showed that Clinton was unaware that the “c” in the subject line and body of her emails at the State Department indicated that the resulting information was classified. Cooper had access to both the server as well as the classified information, despite his lack of security clearance.