The Justice Department granted immunity from prosecution to the Platte River Networks technician who permanently deleted backups of Hillary Clinton’s emails, in return for his sworn testimony.
The DOJ previously entered into a similar agreement with Bryan Pagliano, the State Department IT tech who helped Clinton set up the private email server she maintained at her Chappaqua, New York residence.
Despite orders from Congress to the Colorado firm to preserve those records, its technician Paul Combetta used an application called BleachBit to delete Clinton’s emails, The New York Times reported.
As a result of that process, “even God can’t read them,” Rep. Trey Gowdy told Fox News Channel anchor Martha MacCallum on “America’s Newsroom” late last month.
The South Carolina Republican returned to “America’s Newsroom” Friday to discuss the immunity deal with MacCallum.
He explained there are two types of immunity that can be given to a witness who would otherwise assert his Fifth Amendment privilege: Transactional immunity and use immunity.