Even the liberal press isn’t happy that Hillary Clinton hasn’t held an actual press conference in nearly nine months, but things didn’t exactly go well for her last August when she stuck around after a campaign event and was asked by Fox News’ Ed Henry if she had wiped her email server.
Clinton played dumb and gave the world the gift of the endlessly quotable line, “Like with a cloth or something?” On Thursday, however, Rep. Trey Gowdy was quite clear that Clinton had used way more than a cloth to wipe her home-brew email server.
Clinton used a technology called BleachBit to scrub her servers of emails that were totally just related to yoga https://t.co/fEeY7wJTYi
— Sarah Westwood (@sarahcwestwood) August 25, 2016
"You mean like, with a cloth?" Yes, and with new BleachBit you can get out the most stubborn email stains. https://t.co/If2NNPERlN
— Agam Tapaktuan (@Agam_T) August 25, 2016
Sarah Westwood of the Washington Examiner reports that Gowdy says Clinton used software called BleachBit to scrub her emails to the point “where even God can’t read them.” BleachBit, like similar security software, doesn’t stop at deleting files (which often leaves them intact on the disk but invisible to the user) but rather overwrites the area of the drive during several passes, “shredding” them beyond recovery.
BleachBit includes advanced features such as shredding files to prevent recovery, wiping free disk space to hide traces of files deleted.
— Lynn (@Harper334036) August 25, 2016
You dont use bleachbit unless you want files to be gone forever
— The Ol'Boy (@codyest92) August 25, 2016
So, while FBI director James Comey might have called Clinton “extremely careless,” somebody was extremely careful to make sure all of those yoga routines were obliterated.
GOWDY: She deleted her emails with BleachBit. You don't delete yoga & wedding plan emails w/BleachBit. WATCH: https://t.co/9mv2fRG2Ja
— Lambchop (@Ecnebs) August 25, 2016
Of course, even smashing a disk drive to pieces won’t help if someone has hacked in and copied the data beforehand.
Rep Trey Gowdy @foxnews: Hillary & her lawyers used Bleach-Bit to delete emails. "You don't use Bleachbit to erase emails about yoga."
— KenTimmerman (@KenTimmerman) August 25, 2016
— foolish123 (@foolish123) August 25, 2016
Hillary claims her emails were so boring. Why did she use bleachbit to wipe her server. Thank God for wikileaks. Can't wait for next release
— Big Guy (@jfphuge) August 25, 2016
#Hillary used "BleachBit" to delete & wipe her emails. If they were personal why didn't she just push delete button? Consciousness of guilt?
— Jayce (@JC7109) August 25, 2016
— disturbed sauce (@disturbedsauce) August 25, 2016
Not to mention that Clinton’s own tech person has consistently pleaded the Fifth whenever asked to testify about his role in setting up the private Clinton email server.
The creators of BleachBit haven’t missed out on all of the publicity the software is receiving after Gowdy’s TV appearances, adding this note to the bleachbit.org homepage:
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Hillary Clinton's press secretary tries to mop up after disastrous presser question about wiped server http://t.co/spK5Ajmqr6
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 19, 2015