Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said, before Clinton’s backup email tapes were destroyed with a software program called BleachBit, “We are going to have to dump all those email,” according to a WikiLeaks email dump.
WikiLeaks revealed that Podesta weighed in on the matter in a March 2, 2015, email chain that included Clinton aide Cheryl Mills and campaign manager Robby Mook.
“On another matter … and not to sound like Lanny, but we are going to have to dump all those emails so better to do so sooner than later,” Podesta wrote.
Podesta was presumably referring to Lanny Davis, a lawyer and longtime informal adviser in Clinton-World.
“Think you just got your new nick name,” Mills replied to Podesta the next day, with a smiley face.
A computer specialist named Paul Combetta, working for a Clinton-contracted storage firm called Platte River Networks, used BleachBit to erase Clinton’s email backups from March 25 to 31, the same month that Podesta wrote the email about the need to “dump” Clinton’s records.
Team Clinton bleached the emails after Clinton received a subpoena from Congress, a fact that has emboldened Clinton’s rival, Donald Trump, on the campaign trail.