Back in September we wrote about the circumstances leading up to the "Oh Shit" moment when Paul Combetta of Platte River Networks deleted Hillary's 30,000 "personal emails" (the full notes is here: "The "Oh Shit" Moment: Hillary Wiped Her Server With BleachBit Despite Subpoena"). Within the original FBI interview notes, Hillary "stated she never deleted, nor did she instruct anyone to delete, her e-mails to avoid complying with FOIA, State, or FBI requests for information." Moreover, just last week, in sworn testimony provided to Judicial Watch, Hillary also denied asking for the emails to be deleted. That said, a new email discovered in the latest WikiLeaks dump seems to offer a direct contradiction to what Hillary previously told both the FBI and Judicial Watch.
So which version is true?
- FBI Notes: "Clinton stated she was also unaware of the March 2015 e-mail deletions by PRN."
- Judicial Watch Testimony: "She believes that her personal e-mails were not kept, and she does not have any personal knowledge about the details of that process."
- Private Talking Points (WikiLeaks):"As I said in March, I chose not to keep the personal ones. I asked that they be deleted."
Before getting into the details, here is the background from the FBI notes on how Hillary's personal emails came to be deleted.
Shortly after providing the data dump to the State Department, in "December 2014 or January 2015," both Heather Samuelson and Cheryl Mills requested that all emails be removed from their computers using "a program called BleachBit to delete the e-mail-related files so they could not be recovered."
For her part, "Clinton stated she never deleted, nor did she instruct anyone to delete, her e-mails to avoid complying with FOIA, State or FBI requests for information" though the following notes suggest she did agree to change her email retention policy to 60 days.
A few months later, on March 4, 2015, Hillary received a subpoena from the House for all of her emails on all of her personal servers.