But Her Emails: Ivanka Trump Also Used A Private Email Account For Official Government Business
from the SAD! dept
As we near the midpoint of Trump’s presidential term, White House renovations continue, including the erection of a glass-walled enclosure for stone-throwing.
Ivanka Trump sent hundreds of emails last year to White House aides, Cabinet officials and her assistants using a personal account, many of them in violation of federal records rules, according to people familiar with a White House examination of her correspondence.
White House ethics officials learned of Trump’s repeated use of personal email when reviewing emails gathered last fall by five Cabinet agencies to respond to a public records lawsuit. That review revealed that throughout much of 2017, she often discussed or relayed official White House business using a private email account with a domain that she shares with her husband, Jared Kushner.
According to White House counsel, this was all a misunderstanding. Apparently, Ivanka Trump wasn’t aware of the rules governing the discussion of official government business on private channels. This would only be excusable if her father hadn’tspent a great deal of time calling for Hillary Clinton to be locked up for the same behavior.
Given the (still!) ongoing excoriation of Clinton by Donald Trump, you’d think his administration would have tried to lead by example and make sure everyone was on official channels from day one. Instead, his admin team did the same thing Clinton did, minus the setup of a private server.
And there are a few differences between Ivanka Trump’s personal email use and Clinton’s. Some commenters will make this part of the post redundant as they seek to find something hypocritical in Techdirt’s coverage of this story or simply demand it be known Ivanka’s actions were far more acceptable than Clinton’s. Nevertheless, here we go:
It appears no classified information made its way into her personal email account. She also did not set up her own server to handle all official communications. She is also now apparently using her official White House email account after being informed of the rules — a corrective effort Hillary Clinton never made.
Since I’m sure this short post pointing out the hypocrisy of the Trump Administration will be viewed as biased, here’s Techdirt’s history on government officials and private email accounts:
Techdirt criticizes Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server
Techdirt criticizes James Comey’s handling of the Clinton email investigation
Techdirt criticizes Jame Comey’s reopening of the Clinton email investigation
Techdirt criticizes Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s use of a private email account
Techdirt criticizes New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s use of a private email account
Techdirt criticizes former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s use of a private email account
Techdirt criticizes VP Mike Pence’s use of a private email account
If a government official has used private email accounts for official business, Techdirt has criticized them. Ivanka Trump doesn’t get a pass and neither does anyone on the other side of the gaping political divide. She may not have known the specifics governing official communications but the Trump Administration has no one to blame but itself for the black eye it’s now sporting.
HER EMAILS was a major plank in Trump’s election platform. His administration team could have prevented this but was too busy keeping their own communications off the record to straighten out Ivanka Trump.