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 investigating...how 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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Comments 26-39 of 39

  • Deborah Rainbolt

    09/11/2020 05:12 PM

    The information will still be in iCloud or what ever backing up system they used. Just saying
    I’ve got stuff I can access on this phone from iCloud in 2012 3 phones ago.

  • Don Ray

    09/11/2020 05:10 PM

    How can these people escape prosecution in in this country? Is our government that corrupt?

  • Patricia J Yarber

    09/11/2020 05:05 PM

    If our laws can't force those that are suppose to be outstanding citizens, representing the people,and setting a good example cant be prosecuted, how do you figure you have any right to prosecute those of us that put you in office? You can't punish some for a crime, while letting others go free. This is not the American way.
    Just like with these riots, and the people involved in them, they are nothing more than paid terrorists, and they go free, but if we as American citizens do our civic duty to stop them, we are charged with the crime. These people need some good old American kind of justice. Let them see there are consequences for their actions. And those letting them get by with these crimes, need to be charged with the crimes if they don't want them that are doing the crime to be prosecuted. They need the same good old fashion American justice as well.

  • Kent Camp

    09/11/2020 05:03 PM

    Once is chance, twice is a coincidence, the third time is enemy action, so what does that make over a dozen times? A felony offense (i.e. tampering with physical evidence).

  • Anne Turner

    09/11/2020 04:53 PM

    Here is a suggestion for an economic study yo be performed:

    Take the relevant Economic, GDP, stock Market, Wages, Job Growth, etc.
    data from the end of Obama’s term.

    Extrapolate what would have have happened to those numbers given the existing trends at that time over the years since the end of Obama’s term.

    Take these numbers as a prediction of what they would have been prior to the COVID shutdown.

    Using the parameters of what has happened to those numbers during COVID, estimate where those numbers would have been mid COVId and now.

    A crack economist could easily extrapolate what condition we would have been in at this time using Obama years as the base had we not had the rise in economic health we did have under Trump. Make sure this is done independently by people with various political views. No funny stuff with numbers. I would suggest Walter Williams as the arbiter. Present everthing to the public in a simple form that can easily be understood by the average person.

  • C Dahl

    09/11/2020 04:18 PM

    Seems with the extent of this phone cleaning, gallows need to be erected and soon!
    Far too long have the American people been cheated, lied and robbed by employees.
    The People are fed up with this mess. ENOUGH ????

  • Kathy M. Upton

    09/11/2020 04:09 PM

    One doesn't "accidentally" wipe a phone---it isn't possible and with 10 layers of passwords...well...if anyone believes that I've got an igloo on the equator I'll sell them cheap! Mueller and his team know they'll get away with this...no one will hold them accountable. Hillary is still walking around free after taking bleach and hammers to her devices. I am so sick and tired of the hypocrisy around "justice for all". What a crock! Why hasn't Obama been arrested for his treasonous acts in participating in a shadow government that has undermined Trump's legitimate presidency from the day after the election in 2016. Mike, if the Lord tarries, is there any hope for America?

  • Helen Sustachek

    09/11/2020 04:06 PM

    I still think Hillary is guilty. How could she be Secretary of State and not know all about her phone and computers? I will never believe she is that ignorant. She knew how to deceive everyone by playing dumb, and people fell for her game?!!! I will never believe it. "Dumb like a fox." I bet I couldn't get by so easy, nor you. Ignorance of the law is no excuse, is that true anymore? Is she ignorant? She is still telling people what to do. "Joe, don't ever admit defeat.!!!!" Do people think she is ignorant. NO!! only the Judiciary. Maybe they are the ignorant ones who should be let go.

  • Gary McVey

    09/11/2020 03:52 PM

    Why would all those people wipe their phones by following that method unless they wanted to delete/hide something. Furthermore, why does it take 10 times of attempting a login to delete something unless it was intentional. Sounds more like covering up information that would defeat their purpose. I guess there is no limit to how far these people will stoop to acieve their devious goal?

  • L.E. FRY

    09/11/2020 03:51 PM

    I don't expect Durham to come out with anything of value. All of DC is crooked and they all look out for each other. What do you think?

  • David Wertheim

    09/11/2020 03:49 PM

    I'm wondering about the backups since we now know that all government issue phones keep track of all text messaging, phone logs, etc. Wouldn't Horowitz (or others with subpoena power) be able to request full dumps like were done for the Page Strzok messages?

  • jack macdonald

    09/11/2020 03:40 PM

    We are very concerned that social media like Facebook and Twitter have too much influence on elections and the culture. They are being looked at as possible monopolies. Could not the same be said for the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Msnbc, et al. Isn't the FCC supposed to monitor our airways which should not be allowed to be propaganda arms of a political party. This prohibits the public for getting unfiltered and objective news reporting. When this media can determine the outcome of elections, they possess to much power. Oversight is needed and I thought that was why we have an FCC.

  • jack macdonald

    09/11/2020 03:38 PM

    We are very concerned that social media like Facebook and Twitter have too much influence on elections and the culture. They are being looked at as possible monopolies. Could not the same be said for the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Msnbc, et al. Isn't the FCC supposed to monitor our airways which should not be allowed to be propaganda arms of a political party. This prohibits the public for getting unfiltered and objective news reporting. When this media can determine the outcome of elections, they possess to much power. Oversight is needed and I thought that was why we have an FCC.

  • Rhonda fulghum

    09/11/2020 03:11 PM

    And yet nothing happens. This is exactly why the Dems are working diligently to rig the election. They get away with anything they set out to do. No one to stop them.