WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, is pressing the attorneys for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and several of her former staff members at the department about possible joint defense agreements or other coordination to respond to questions from Congress and other legal inquiries.
Grassley’s letter comes after news reports that an invoice may have been sent to Clinton’s accountant from Platte River Networks, a company providing computer network and server work to Clinton. According to the reports, the invoice included line items for “[l]egal activity re: Hillary Clinton” and “PR for Clinton email media inquiries.”
In a letter to the attorneys, Grassley wrote, “The invoice raises questions as to whether Secretary Clinton has similar arrangements with other people or entities associated with her email server. In light of this, it is important for the Committee to know whether Secretary Clinton and her attorneys are providing financial support, legal support, or other coordination to those associates of hers who are involved in congressional committee and federal law enforcement inquiries relating to her email server.”
A copy of the text of the letter is below. The letter can also be found here.
November 24, 2015
VIA ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION
David E. Kendall, Esq.
Attorney for Secretary Clinton
Williams & Connolly LLP
725 Twelfth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
Mark MacDougall, Esq.
Attorney for Mr. Pagliano
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
1333 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Karen Dunn, Esq.
Attorney for Ms. Abedin
Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
5301 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20015
Miguel Rodriguez, Esq.
Attorney for Ms. Abedin
Bryan Cave LLP
1155 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
Beth A. Wilkinson, Esq.
Attorney for Ms. Mills, Ms. Samuelson, Mr. Sullivan
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
2001 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Dear Mr. Kendall, Mr. MacDougall, Ms. Dunn, Mr. Rodriguez, and Ms. Wilkinson:
On October 19, 2015, a news reporting website published an invoice allegedly from Platte River Networks and addressed to Marcum, LLP, the accounting firm reportedly representing Bill and Hillary Clinton. The invoice, dated September 16, 2015, includes line items for “[l]egal activity re: Hillary Clinton” and “PR for Clinton email media inquiries.” According to a November Politico article, when asked to authenticate the invoice, the Clinton campaign said “Clinton is not paying”—in the present tense—for Platte River Network’s legal and public-relations bills. The article also reported that the campaign said it had not received the invoice, though the article was silent as to whether the actual addressee, Marcum, LLP, had received it.
The invoice raises questions as to whether Secretary Clinton has similar arrangements with other people or entities associated with her email server. In light of this, it is important for the Committee to know whether Secretary Clinton and her attorneys are providing financial support, legal support, or other coordination to those associates of hers who are involved in congressional committee and federal law enforcement inquiries relating to her email server.
In particular, the Committee needs to know whether the parties involved have participated in any third-party fee arrangements or joint defense agreements. As you are aware, such arrangements can pose conflict-of-interest issues. Given that the Committee has broached the idea of immunity with Mr. Pagliano, his involvement in a third-party fee arrangement or joint defense agreement with any of the parties about whom he may be asked to testify would raise substantial concerns. Similar concerns may apply to the rest of the parties involved, including companies like Platte River Networks.
Accordingly, in order for the Committee to evaluate the potential effects of such arrangements on the Committee’s inquiry, please respond to the following:
1. Have you or your clients entered into a third-party fee arrangement or a joint defense agreement relating to the Committee’s investigation, or any other government entity’s inquiry, into Secretary Clinton’s server, email arrangement, or related issues?
2. If so, who are the parties to any such agreement?
3. What are the terms of the agreement(s)?
4. When was the agreement created and who initiated its creation?
5. To date, how much money has been paid pursuant to any such third-party fee agreement? Who made the payments, and who received them?
6. Is any attorney or other party serving as the primary point of contact for responses to inquiries covered by any third-party fee agreement or joint defense agreement? If so, who?
Please number your responses according to their corresponding questions and respond no later than December 8, 2015. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this request. If you have questions, please contact Josh Flynn-Brown of my Committee staff at (202) 224-5225.
Charles E. Grassley
Committee on the Judiciary