September 11, 2020

Remember when we learned Hillary and her aides had erased their hard drives with BleachBit software and literally hit phones with hammers to destroy the information on them? James Comey said on July 5, 2016, that “no reasonable prosecutor” would charge Hillary after the “Mid-Year Exam” investigation because it wasn’t her INTENT to skirt the law.

We all laughed until we cried at that one, but now we’ve learned, thanks to a release of documents from the Department of Justice, that a large number of high-level people who SURELY knew better destroyed their communications, too. Coincidentally, these were all members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team.

What are the odds that the devices of over 20 of Mueller’s team members would have been “wiped” in a variety of creative ways before they were to be handed over to the DOJ for review?

There are numerous methods for achieving this: by just “accidentally" wiping, by inputting an incorrect password too many times, or by leaving a device in “airplane” mode with either incorrect or no passwords provided.

Or, as with Lisa Page’s phone, the device could simply be reset to factory settings (no reason given, as far as we know), in effect wiping the device clean of all Information before it was handed over to the Office of the Inspector General.

Gosh, it happened with lead prosecutor Andrew Weissmann’s phone, too, after he entered his password too many times in doing so. You’d think someone smart enough to be the lead prosecutor on a case of this magnitude would know how to open his own phone without wiping off all the data. On the other hand, he surely would be smart enough to know how TO wipe the data, if he so desired.

Some of the phones apparently just “wiped themselves.”

Over a dozen Mueller team members lost their data by putting their phones into “airplane” mode, locking them and then forgetting their passwords or otherwise “accidentally” wiping them.

It is yet to be seen if anyone has been able to recover the data, but at the very least, we learn from this that the people investigating President Trump were not keen on going by the book and didn’t care about the requirements for documenting their activities. Given what we know, it seems much more likely that they were actively hiding those activities.

Sean Davis at THE FEDERALIST posted 87 pages of documents relating to the lost phone content (be glad you don’t have to slog through that), leading to this comment.

Actually, Weissmann had THREE phones that went down. One was wiped “accidentally.” The other two were wiped by entering the wrong password too many times. Maybe someday his phone records will turn up; if so, they’ll probably be in the same place as the rest of Mike Flynn’s exculpatory evidence. (In case leftists are reading this, I’m joking.)

As often as these high-level government officials must have traveled by air, it seems unlikely they’d have been thrown for a loop by the prospect of turning their phones off and on. Hillary could at least try to pass for a ninny when it came to electronic devices (“You mean, like, with a cloth?”), but these people just can’t, not credibly.

But, as Davis tweeted, “The newly released DOJ records from the OIG investigation of corruption during the Mueller probe shows that a key tactic used by the Mueller team was to put the phones in airplane mode, lock them, and then claim they didn’t have the password.”

Lindsay Graham said on Thursday’s HANNITY, “If you can’t manage your own phone, why should we trust you to investigate a crime?...I guess they just ran out of hammers and ‘bleaching’ material. So the question is, did they obstruct justice? Did they INTENTIONALLY [emphasis mine] delete information from their phones because Horowitz was on the case?”

This is a developing story. Graham’s committee is not involved with criminal prosecution, but regarding that, he said, “I would be shocked if the only person prosecuted is [Kevin] Clinesmith.” Clinesmith, you’ll recall, has been indicted for falsifying evidence against Carter Page, changing a document to say he was not an asset for the CIA when he actually had been.

Graham said Thursday that he has “made an invitation” to James Comey, Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions raised by the Horowitz report. “None of them have testified since Horowitz issued his report,” Graham said. “I’m working with their lawyers to try to get them into the committee...They may have good answers, but they need to be asked the questions.” I should add that, unlike Graham, Durham has subpoena power.

So, did the special counsel team deliberately erase their devices before turning them over to the IG? Judging by the circumstantial evidence we know, yes, they did. Can this be proved? That’s up to investigators, and we don’t know everything they know. But we do know this, in Graham’s words: “We cannot live in a country where this is tolerated. ‘Trump/Russia’ –- look how much money they spent, how many agents were involved many subpoenas issued, how many lives turned upside down. The question for me –- was there a double standard here? –- it’s pretty obvious to me there was.”

His Cheshire-cat expression also suggested he knows more than he’s telling now. “You think you’re mad about the phones being wiped? Stay tuned. We’ll talk in about ten or twelve days and we’ll see if there’s something else you could get mad about. Just stay tuned.”

Well, Senator, we're not exactly going anywhere. I can’t imagine being much madder, given what we already know. But, sure, we’ll be waiting.

UPDATE late Thursday --- Apparently, the way some of those phones were set up, it took entering an invalid password TEN TIMES before the information would be wiped. But they still managed to do it!

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  • Samantha Marie

    09/14/2020 08:59 AM

    I don't get it. So what? They wiped their phones, what's the big deal?

  • Linda Barkmeyergot

    09/13/2020 06:19 PM

    Why are you or Donald Trump being so surprised over erasing their phones. Hillary got away with erasing and destroying her tapes, ignored pleas for help at Ben Ghazi, sold uranium to the Russians. Now that nothing is been done to the crooks, Biden gets to run for office. Obama and Michael get to show children on Netflex in provocative behavior. Bad behaviors are being rewarded. I'm disgusted. If Biden wins- God help us.

  • April Featherkile

    09/13/2020 01:50 PM

    Governor, I realize that accidents can happen, but can't they be charged with evidence tampering? The evidence could be a nothing-burger but still considered worth checking out? This coincidence is obviously nothing but deliberate. Is this an issue for AG Barr?

  • Michele Wallace

    09/13/2020 08:12 AM

    Traitors to this country. Anyone who is taking money from US taxpayers should be sued for the return of Our money. Can they be sued?

  • Richard Meichsner

    09/12/2020 08:03 PM

    All are Automatically guilty of Tression they were trying to cover it up

  • Don Smith

    09/12/2020 07:32 PM

    Most (if not all) cell phones contain an SD card. It can be removed and the data on it transferred to a PC. A person can use free software to recover data from the internal storage. Including cached contacts and emails, app data, etc.
    The auto wipe is only a decently trivial way to protect private information, but someone who wants the data will get it. Android Phones don't securely wipe thrmselves, and aren't encrypted by default.
    Hopefully the data can be recovered from the phones and the appropriate persons charged.

  • Laurie Currie-DePaolo

    09/12/2020 01:01 PM

    Hello Governor Huckabee, Thanks so much for all you do!! Just wanted to mention that the link to the tweet you included in your comments about Sean Davis' Federalist article seems to have been taken down! Twitter says it is "not available." Interesting.

  • Joyce Durden

    09/12/2020 12:01 PM

    I don't understand how these people hiding or destroying information cannot be prosecuted, arrested, or put in jail. I feel we are too soft in our judicial system. It should be anyone caught doing anything against our country especially while holding any type of office in our government should be taken into custody.

  • George Kurzenberger

    09/12/2020 11:17 AM

    I want to see prosecutions!
    Enough talk by folks like Lindsey Graham and Trey Gowdy. They sound like Biden " well, I'm gonna do so and so.

  • Karen walker

    09/12/2020 10:19 AM

    This is criminal and obstruction of Justice. That’s if there is any Justice anymore. I myself am truly starting to doubt it. Sad that this Beautiful Country has come to this. When the main so called news channels are no longer news but propaganda and the Judicial system is no longer fair.

  • Carol Mathews

    09/12/2020 09:19 AM

    I hope the body guards have been doubled and maybe we even need food tasters for those involved with this mess of uncovering the on purpose sabotage of the President. The body count around the Clintons is several pages long. People just disappear as well as information on computers and phones, when anybody gets near them.

  • David Nielsen

    09/12/2020 06:43 AM

    They may think they will get away with this corruption, but their day of judgement is coming. These people are full of lies and deception. 5

  • Michael Gossman

    09/12/2020 03:53 AM

    I find that the lies coming out of Washington especially Oboma Clinton’s an top FBI officals all need to be held accountable for there failer of honesty an integrity. There manipulations of law an telling lies to American people they need to be held accountable by a court of law.Thus speaks the people of the United States of America!?!

  • A Schmidt

    09/12/2020 03:27 AM

    Why is it that government employees, even at the highest level, appear to be above the law, whereas if you or I were to wipe our phones while subpoenaed or under investigation, we would have the book thrown at us? Is it any wonder that us ordinary people are so fed up with the government and status quo? --and people on the left are still trying to figure out why Trump won in 2016!!

  • Ingrid Forsberg

    09/12/2020 03:20 AM

    All of them are either too stupid to hold those jobs, or they are crooks, or they are both. Anyway you put/think it they deserve to be out of those jobs, brought to justice & jailed...........for longer than a little while. Long enough to let everyone know what will happen to ANYONE who trys such things. (and could BLM mean Bureau of Land Management?)

  • Robert Deplorable Baublitz

    09/12/2020 01:10 AM

    Firing Squad.
    Every single one of 'em.

  • Antonio Morrocco

    09/12/2020 01:03 AM

    OK we all have had enough of this glaring LIES AND TREASON AND TRECHERY

  • BillyBoB

    09/11/2020 10:11 PM

    You think AG Barr May have just Wiped the Phones for them? If it’s. A Criminals Phone they Get into them... these are Public Officials that Information belongs to the People who paid for it. But of Course the Constitution and Law has been ignored so long. They Won’t even access the Phone Information. They’ll play Tittly Winks with them like they’re doing Now!! The USA Government has become a Crime Syndicate Masquerading as a Democratic Constitutional Republic!!!

  • Sandy Piver

    09/11/2020 09:17 PM

    More jail bait that Barr should go after. These are disgusting Swamp Rats.

  • Gary Stilwell

    09/11/2020 07:43 PM

    This level of "wiping" is statistically impossible--period.

  • Linda Maguire

    09/11/2020 07:01 PM

    I'm all for starting to act like the Democrats and haul Hillary Clinton, Obama, Pelosi, Schummer, Schifft, Nadler and their staffers into the halls and sweat the truth out of them.
    No leniency, just well deserved fines and prison time. The time for pussy footing around with these bastards is over. Let's throw their lying asses into jail and be done with their crap at least for the next four years!

  • lisa bossoli

    09/11/2020 06:12 PM


  • Gary Digby

    09/11/2020 06:05 PM

    So sorry to say it, but I do not believe there will ever be any accountability by Durham or anyone else against the perpetrators. Unfortunately, it does look as though we have a two-tier justice system in this country. So sad!

  • karen heller

    09/11/2020 05:35 PM

    The embedded links you have in this story and in 911 story have been moved or deleted by our ever present media police.

  • Robin Rebhan

    09/11/2020 05:20 PM

    RE: Muller's Team's phones wiped clean. This is a tough one but not impossible to recover data and info. Very tedious. Subpoenas will be needed from DOJ plus tech support working as a team.
    It is doable though.