Yes, they are related. I saw an AP news story that went into some details about how the White House handles it’s computers. It’s got to do with old workstations being replaced. In the process their hard drives are sent to another govt agency to be physically destroyed.
The reason this came up at all is because of a Federal court wanting the White House to undertake efforts to recover “lost emails” that were apparently “inadvertently deleted”.
Thus we come to part of a sworn statement by the White House filed with a Federal magistrate:
Some, but not necessarily all, of the data on old hard drives is moved to new computer hard drives
I am not a hamster. You can bet your last cent that there was indeed part of the data on old hard drives that was not copied to the new ones. I’m also certain that somebody (no telling who) ordered it done that way. I’m just as certain of that as I am that it won’t be long before we hear about another celebrity checking in to rehab for some kind of addiction treatment. it’s almost a law of nature that politicians and government agencies are going to come up with all kinds of seemingly reasonable sounding explanations for why they did this or that thing that they shouldn’t have done in the first place.