Scott Pruitt Lies to Congress; Also Private Emails!
When they write the book about 2016, we know what it will be called: it was the ‘But her emails’ election. But her emails was the answer to literally anything. Trump pretends not to know who the KKK is? Yeah, but what about her emails?
Trump U? Yeah, but what about her emails? Would a Trump Administration violate the Constitution daily with his conflicts of interest? Yeah, but what about her emails? Is Trump a sexual predator? Yeah, but what about her emails?
Did Trump just ask Russia to hack her emails? Yes, but that’s also her fault for having emails. Did James Comey’s letter win the election for Trump? Yes, but let’s face it, he couldn’t have done that if she didn’t have emails.
“SNL basically called the election the last Saturday before November 8. In a debate between Hillary and Trump-this wasn’t a real one as in the skit it was officiated by Erin Burnett-you had in succession, Trump kissing a KKK guy, James Comey, and Putin.”
Each time Hillary would point excitedly and say ‘That, did you see that, did you see that?’ and Burnett would say ‘It seems like a reach. What about your emails, Secretary Clinton?’
Finally Hillary said ‘I get it. Ok. You’re going to elect him. You hate me that much. But in four years when you regret it and beg for me-I’ll be back.’
That’s basically what happened in the ‘But what about your emails, Secretary Clinton?’ election.
Yes, no doubt about it. There are many things we can forgive. But not using private email for state business. That is the no-no of no-nos.
Which brings us to Scott Pruitt. He lied to Congress. Ok, not good, but here’s where it really gets serious: he used private email for state business!
Lying to Congress is sort of a bad thing.
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) February 26, 2017
Wait until James Comey hears about this.
“The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office confirms former Attorney General Scott Pruitt used a private email for state business. The information comes a week after FOX 25 first revealed the emails that appeared to be sent from Pruitt’s private email account.”
“FOX 25 requested answers about Pruitt’s private email use and whether that account was searched for records in accordance with state law. It took one week for the office to return our multiple calls and emails and confirm it did search the account.”
“Open government advocate and media professor Dr. Joey Senat said the state law regarding open records indicates that private accounts cannot be used to shield government officials from transparency laws. Senat said one of the weaknesses of Oklahoma’s law on open records relies on trusting public officials that they have conducted appropriate searches of private accounts.”
“It is not illegal to use a private email account for state business, as long as those records are included in searches for public documents.”
“However, the revelation is in direct conflict with Pruitt’s written and oral testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee during the confirmation process. Pruitt, who is now the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, told lawmakers he had never used private email for state business.”
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., asked Pruitt directly, “Have you ever conducted business using your personal email accounts, nonofficial Oklahoma attorney general email accounts, text messages, instant messenger, voicemails, or any other medium?”
“I use only my official OAG [Office of the Attorney General] email address and government-issued phone to conduct official business,” Pruitt replied.
So, a direct lie to Congress and private emails on state business which was considered the one unpardonable sin during the election. The GOP had rushed Pruitt through a week ago to avoid having the emails come out before he could be confirmed. This is ass backwards to how things are normally done. Usually you’d want to wait to make sure there isn’t embarrassing information on a nominee before you vote him through.
Not Trump’s GOP. But now Trump is breaking the most important promise of the race: for good email maintenance and security. Ok, he sort of breaches it too by using his private android.
So it’ll be interesting to see what impulse prevails here. Nothing outrages the GOP more than private email for state business. On the other hand, as Rand Paul puts it: where’s the fun in Republicans investigating other Republicans?
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