Immunity agreements offered to two of Hillary Clinton’s top aides prevented the FBI from looking into the circumstances surrounding the use of BleachBit, a digital deletion tool, to destroy the former secretary of state’s emails.
In a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch Wednesday, four Republican committee chairmen demanded to know why Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, two witnesses who also served as Clinton’s personal attorneys, were granted such expansive protections despite the FBI’s awareness that they had participated in potentially illegal activities.
For example, the FBI agreed to limit its search to emails written after June 1, 2014, but before Feb. 1, 2015. By doing so, investigators were barred from looking at emails authored around the time Mills and David Kendall, Clinton’s lead attorney, held a pair of conference calls with technology contractor Paul Combetta that immediately preceded his use of BleachBit to erase thousands of Clinton’s emails.
The GOP lawmakers noted that, before the FBI signed off on the immunity deals, “it already knew of the conference calls between Secretary Clinton’s attorneys and Mr. Combetta, his use of BleachBit and the resulting deletions, further casting doubt on why the FBI would enter into such a limited evidentiary scope of review with respect to the laptops.”
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Time For Truth: (Washington Examiner) – Immunity deals stopped FBI from investigating BleachBit use in Clinton email case