On Wednesday night, Fox News host Sean Hannity took umbrage at a report that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had asked witnesses in his Russia investigation to hand over their phones and other devices so investigators could see if they had used encrypted apps to communicate with anyone connected to President Trump. You may be surprised to hear that Hannity made reference to Hillary Clinton.
"Maybe Mueller's witnesses," Hannity began, "I don't know, if I advised them to follow Hillary Clinton's lead, delete all your emails, then acid-wash the emails and hard drives on the phones, then take your phones and bash them with a hammer into itsy-bitsy pieces, use BleachBit, remove the SIM cards, and then take the pieces and hand it over to Robert Mueller and say, 'Hillary Rodham Clinton — this is equal justice under the law.'"
Hannity was referring, presumably, to the Clinton aide who told the FBI that after Clinton was done using her old BlackBerrys, he broke apart or smashed two of them; the FBI said it found eight devices she used during her tenure as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. BleachBit is a program Clinton's aides used to delete an archived mailbox of Clinton's emails in March 2015. The FBI opened its investigation in July 2015 and closed it without charges a year later. Handing Mueller smashed phones in an ongoing investigation would probably be a bad idea. Just ask Sean Hannity. Peter Weber