Trump won't let go of Clinton's emails and falsely says the free software BleachBit 'is so expensive'

  • President Donald Trump falsely claimed that BleachBit, a computer software used to delete thousands of Hillary Clinton's emails, was a "very expensive process."
  • "And almost nobody does it because it is so expensive," Trump said during an interview with Fox News opinion host Sean Hannity on Wednesday night. "That's the way you really get rid of it. So she deleted 33,000 emails. Can you imagine if I did that?"
  • But BleachBit, which its creators say is "easily misunderstood," is anything but expensive. Anyone can download and use it, free of charge.

President Donald Trump revived a controversial talking point during an interview with Fox News opinion host Sean Hannity on Wednesday night.

Trump brought up the private email server Hillary Clinton used during her time as secretary of state, and talked about the computer software called BleachBit, which bills itself as a tool designed to help free up hard drive space.

Trump gave a false description of BleachBit, which securely deleted Clinton's private-server data.

"Look, she lost, they deleted 33,000 emails," Trump said. "And they were BleachBit, that's a big deal, and it's a very expensive process," Trump said.

But BleachBit's creators say the software is "easily misunderstood."

It's also free.

"BleachBit has always been free of charge for all users, including personal, governmental, commercial, and educational. All computer types, including desktops, laptops, and servers," the company said on its website.

Trump continued to suggest that the software was inherently suspicious because its price was a major factor.

"And almost nobody does it because it is so expensive," Trump said. "That's the way you really get rid of it. So she deleted 33,000 emails. Can you imagine if I did that?"

"BleachBit is 'free as in beer,' so there is no licensing cost," the company's website said. "BleachBit is also 'free as in speech' meaning the source code (software blueprints) are available to all users to audit, learn from, and improve on."

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Hillary Clinton

Trump's nickname: "Crooked Hillary"

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Trump's nickname: "Mr. Magoo"

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Steve Bannon

Trump's nickname: "Sloppy Steve"

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Elizabeth Warren

Trump's nickname: "Pocahontas"

Former FBI director James Comey 

Trump's nickname: "Slippery James Comey"

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Kim Jong Un

Trump's nickname: "Rocket Man"

Chuck Todd 

Trump's nickname: "Sleepy eyes / sleeping son of a b---h"

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Marco Rubio

Trump's nickname: "Little Marco"

Dianne Feinstein

Trump's nickname: "Sneaky Dianne Feinstein"

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Ohio Governor John Kasich

Trump's nickname: "1 for 38 Kasich"

(REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk)

Bob Corker

Trump's nickname: "Liddle' Bob Corker"

NBC correspondent Katy Tur

Trump's nickname: "Little Katy"

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Chuck Schumer

Trump's nickname: "Cryin' Chuck / Fake Tears Chuck"

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)

Trump's nickname: "Jeff Flake(y)"

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Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL)

Trump's nickname: 'Wacky Congresswoman Wilson"

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)

Trump's nickname: "Little Adam Schiff"

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Journalist Megyn Kelly

Trump's nickname: "Crazy Megyn"

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The New York Times

Trump's nickname: "Failing New York Times"

(REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Trump's nickname: "Lyin' Ted"

(REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski

Trump's nicknames: "Crazy Joe Scarborough/Psycho Joe" and "Dumb as a Rock Mika"

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Jeb Bush

Trump's nickname: "Low energy Jeb Bush"

(REUTERS/Mike Blake)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

Trump's nickname: "Crazy Bernie"

(REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Jim Acosta

Trump's nickname: "Crazy Jim Acosta of Fake News CNN"

(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

CNN 

Trump's nickname: "Clinton News Network"

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Former Sen. Al Franken

Trump's nickname: "Al Frankenstien"

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Democratic congressional candidate for Pennsylvania's 18th district Conor Lamb

Trump's nickname: "Lamb the sham'

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'Good Morning America' anchor George Stephanopoulos

Trump's nickname: "Little George"

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Face The Nation

Trump's nickname: "Deface the Nation"

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Former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond

Trump's nickname: "Mad Alex"

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Former Vice President Joe Biden

Trump's nickname: "Crazy Joe Biden"

(REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)

Former U.S. President Barack Obama

Trump's nickname: Cheatin’ Obama

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Trump's nickname: "Little Michael"

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Trump has also referred to the process of deleting emails as "acid-washing" in the past, despite the company saying that its software is "neither a chemical nor a physical device."

Republicans and Trump allies have scrutinized BleachBit in light of the Clinton email scandal. During a Fox News interview in 2016, Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina claimed Clinton's staffers had deleted the emails "where even God can't read them."

"They were using something called BleachBit," Gowdy said. "You don't use BleachBit for yoga emails or bridesmaids emails. When you're using BleachBit, it is something you really do not want the world to see."

The employee who deleted some of Clinton's emails told investigators that he did so after discovering he had not complied with a previous order to delete emails that are at least 60 days old.

Clinton maintains the emails that were deleted were of a "personal" nature and not government-related.

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