Private Email Use of Trump WH Must Face Hillary Clinton Standard
As Paul Waldman says, normally this might not be the biggest story in the world.
“Kushner’s emails are probably going to get the appropriate level of attention — which is to say, about 1/1000th of the coverage Clinton’s emails got. The story will be around for a couple of days, it’ll be a little embarrassing for him, and then everyone will move on. Which is exactly what should have happened to the Clinton email story, given everything we know now. It was at worst a misdemeanor, but it was treated by the media like the Crime of the Century.”
“As studies of the coverage of the campaign confirmed, the Clinton email story got more coverage than any issue — more than the economy, or health care, or immigration, or climate change or anything else. Throughout the general election, as Gallup found, the word Americans were most likely to mention when they were asked what they had heard about Clinton was “email.”
“That didn’t just happen. It was the product of decisions made every day by reporters, editors and TV producers. They said, again and again, “This is the story that needs to be covered right now.”
What’s interesting is that the people who talked about the emails the most during the election are the same ones who act as if it wasn’t the issue of the election now. Now they claim the issue was she didn’t visit Mi or Wi the last weekend or even that she didn’t talk about issues enough(!)
But this was what they were saying then.
So the revelations about private email use by Kushner, Bannon, Reince, and Ivanka must get the Hillary Clinton treatment:
“POLITICO reported Sunday that Kushner and his wife, Trump’s daughter Ivanka, created a private family domain and that Kushner had been using personal email to communicate with top White House officials in early 2017. Kushner’s attorney confirmed the report, suggesting the messages totaled fewer than 100 from January through August.”
“Democrats, however, are seeking more information about their content — and emphasizing that Republicans had previously demanded the content of Clinton’s personal emails to attempt to determine whether she mishandled classified information.”
Sure, I mean he says there were less than 100 emails for purely personal use and we’ve never had a case of Kushner lying before. You know if you leave out all the Russia meetings he conducted and when he claimed the reason he left them off his clearance form he claimed because staff hit send on the email before he got a chance or when he gave false explanations for his meetings with Kisylak and the President of the Russian sanctioned bank, Veb, or his dissembling statements on the Russia meeting with Donald Jr.
(In that meeting too he blamed his staff for not reading the subject line of the meeting; you know where it said ‘Clinton’ and ‘Russia’).
Dems are rightly demanding we apply the Hillary Rules to the Trump aides using private emails.
“Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, suggested that his panel might look into Kushner’s private emails, depending on their content.”
“The scope of the inquiry is not focused on emails. But if these were in any way used to hide anything that might have had something to do with Russians that would obviously be relevant,” Warner said.
“Some Democrats indicated that while historically the use of private email by a government employee has not been seen as inherently inappropriate, Republicans had set a new standard by running a national campaign on the issue.”
“Especially after the whole experience with Hillary’s email and how the Trump campaign kept hammering that this was illegal and she should be locked up, the hypocrisy of doing this now is stunning,” said Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.). “This ought to be investigated by the FBI.”
“Nadler, a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, said he intends to urge federal authorities to pursue the matter and to ask committee Republicans to investigate the extent of private email use by senior government officials. He said that although lawmakers might typically have a “presumption of trust” in Kushner’s insistence that he traded relatively few work-related emails from his private address — and that all were innocuous — previous questions about his conduct make that impossible.”
That and the Hillary Rules were that a public official is guilty of atrocities if they use private emails until proven not to be.
So it’s basically two things:
1. The GOP’s own Hillary Rules mean this must be investigated in great depth for both how wide the use of private email use and the content.
2. Part of why the content is so important-beyond the issue of the right of the public for information and to make sure their practices were secure-is the Russia investigation. Kushner, Bannon, Priebus, and Ivanka all have significant levels of exposure on Russia.
So their emails of of great interest to the Russia investigation-just as the Nixon tapes were to Watergate.
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