South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy said Thursday that Hillary Clinton’s lawyers used a special computer software to delete emails from her personal server “where even God can’t read them.”
During an interview on Fox News Thursday, Gowdy said Clinton’s team had used a program known as “BleachBit” to ensure the deleted files could not be recovered. Gowdy suggested the decision to make the emails unrecoverable implies Clinton had something to hide on her servers during her time as Secretary of State.
“They didn’t just push the delete button. They had them deleted where even God can’t read them,” Gowdy told the “America’s Newsroom” program. “You don’t use BleachBit for yoga emails or bridesmaids emails. When you use BleachBit, it is something you really do not want the world to see.”
Clinton has said her attorneys only deleted “personal” emails like her daughter’s wedding planning. But Gowdy said none of Clinton’s emails released by the State Department so far mention the Clinton Foundation (although the charity is mentioned in aides’ emails that have been released) leading the congressman to wonder if those were also deleted. Clinton has said her State Department did not offer special treatment to Clinton Foundation donors, telling CNN an Associated Press story about foundation donors getting meetings with her was “a lot of smoke and no fire.”
But Gowdy, who led the House Select Committee on Benghazi that questioned Clinton last year, claimed the former Secretary of State’s previous defense of her email usage was later proven inaccurate, specifically whether she sent or received classified information on the server.
“When you are a habitual, serial liar in this facet of life, it tends to make people not believe you in other facets of life,” he said.
BleachBit advertises on its website that its open source software does more than “simply” delete files. “BleachBit includes advanced features such as shredding files to prevent recovery, wiping free disk space to hide traces of files deleted by other applications, and vacuuming Firefox to make it faster,” the website states. Interestingly, the website posted Gowdy’s comments on its front page Friday, seeming to enjoy the free publicity it is receiving.