Just two weeks after the New York Times busted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for using a private email server to conduct all of her government business and four weeks after the FBI started a criminal investigation into the matter, Clinton's subpoenaed email archive was wiped with BleachBit by Platte River Networks employee Paul Combetta.
The Justice Department has reportedly granted Combetta immunity and the Clinton campaign is arguing he went rogue, deleting the archive on his own without any instruction from those close to Hillary Clinton.
"Neither Hillary Clinton nor her attorneys had knowledge of the Platte River Network employee's actions. It appears he acted on his own and against guidance given by both Clinton's and Platte River's attorneys to retain all data in compliance with a congressional preservation request," Clinton campaign spokesperson Brian Fallon told the New York Times.
But according to Rep. Trey Gowdy, who chairs the Benghazi Select Committee and sits on the House Oversight Committee, Combetta wiped the server after a conference call with Clinton's top aides, including top Clinton aide and attorney Cheryl Mills.
"There was a conference call between David Kendall, Cheryl Mills and Platte River and then emails that had been in existence for five years, emails that he's known about until at least December 2014, he decides to delete...just all on his own," Gowdy explained on America's Newsroom Friday. "That defies logic why some techie in Colorado would despite a subpoena, despite a preservation order, but after a conference call with David Kendell and Cheryl Mills decide on his own that he is going to destroy public records."
"It was an effort to obstruct justice," Gowdy continued.
Using BleachBit to wipe a server after a conference call with Hillary Clinton's top aides is hardly "acting alone" or "going rogue."