Clinton email truther Rep. Trey Gowdy gave Donald Trump more ammo with which to send the Republican Party further down their spiral of humiliation by claiming that Hillary Clinton tried to use a program that doesn’t scrub servers to scrub her email server.
Rep. Gowdy made BleachBit seem like the nuclear warhead of file deletion when he told Fox News, “She and her lawyers had those emails deleted. And they didn’t just push the delete button; they had them deleted where even God can’t read them. They were using something called BleachBit. You don’t use BleachBit for yoga emails or bridemaids emails. When you’re using BleachBit, it is something you really do not want the world to see.”
The problem is that Bleachbit is a free online tool that doesn’t do what Republicans are claiming it does.
However, BleachBit may not be quite as sinister as Gowdy makes it out to be. It’s one of many services you can download online to free up space on your computer by removing old unused files and clearing out internet history and cookies.
Jonathan Zdziarski, a computer security expert, characterized BleachBit as a fairly “amateur” tool that doesn’t raise any red flags.
“It looks like the type of tool someone would run who’s conscious of cleaning old crud off their system,” Zdziarski said. “Someone trying to cover their tracks would likely pay for and use a much more expensive, specialized data destruction tool.”
In their desperate attempt to focus attention back on Hillary Clinton’s emails, Republicans have made themselves look like idiots. Donald Trump hopped on Gowdy’s comments and put out a press release echoing Gowdy’s claim that Clinton used a special tool to make recovery of her emails impossible, because as their conspiracy theory has fallen apart Republicans need a reason to explain why they have no proof to support the allegations that they are making against Hillary Clinton.
Gowdy and Trump claim that Clinton made her emails vanish with BleachBit a program that is so special and sophisticated that anyone can download it for free.
There is no scandal here, but it won’t stop Republicans from trying everything that they can to distract voters from Donald Trump.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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