Will Anybody Even Mention The Trump Administration’s Damned Emails?
Due to the relentlessness of the GOP and the gullibility of the mainstream press, a minor kerfuffle over Hillary Clinton’s email server became the transcendent issue of the 2016 campaign. According to a study published in the Columbia Journalism Review: “In just six days, the New York Times ran as many cover stories about Hillary Clinton’s emails as they did about all the policy issues combined in the 69 days leading up to the election.” Historians in the future will be puzzled by why such a minor issue resulted in the election of the worst president in U.S. history.
As it turned out, White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump has sent several hundred emails since her father took office to White House aides, members of the Cabinet, and her own aides using a personal email account. You can’t make this stuff up. Apparently, those emails were sent in violation of federal records laws.
Ivanka made the excuse for her law violations by claiming that she was not aware of federal records laws and rules. Austin Evers, executive director of the watchdog group American Oversight blasted Ms. Trump: “There’s the obvious hypocrisy that her father ran on the misuse of personal email as a central tenet of his campaign. There is no reasonable suggestion that she didn’t know better. Clearly everyone joining the Trump administration should have been on high alert about personal email use.”
Ivanka wasn’t the only one in the Administration who has used private email accounts to conduct government business. Her husband — Jared Kushner — has used a private account to conduct official business. Apparently, Jared and Ivanka are part of a larger practice of Trump Administration officials using private or personal email accounts to avoid the disclosure requirements of the Freedom of Information Act.
Donald Trump himself has jeopardized national security by using an unsecured iPhone to conduct government business. The Washington Post reported that the Chinese and the Russians have monitored these conversations. Trump has continued to use his personal iPhone despite repeated requests from national security experts and officials that he use a secure landline.
President Obama said it best on the campaign trail last month: “If Republicans were truly concerned about the security risks posed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server, they’d be up in arms over reports that Trump is still using unsecured iPhones.”
“In the last election it was Hillary’s emails. ‘This is terrible.’ ‘Hillary’s emails!’ We were hearing Hillary’s emails everywhere,” Obama said in October at a campaign rally in Wisconsin.
“They didn’t care about emails. And you know how you know? Because if they did, they’d be up in arms right now as the Chinese are listening to the president’s iPhone that he leaves in his golf cart,” he continued. “It turns out, I guess it wasn’t that important.”
The Democrats in the House have announced that they will vigorously and fairly investigate the Administration’s extremely careless attitudes towards classified information. Mitch McConnell has warned us that so-called “presidential harassment could backfire.” House Democrats shouldn’t follow McConnell’s so-called “advice.” In fact, they should do the exact opposite. The GOP didn’t suffer any harm politically from conducting six years of investigations of the Obama Administration and Hillary Clinton.
There is a new sheriff in town. The majority House Democrats will provide the check and balance on the executive branch envisioned by the Founding Fathers. The likes of James Madison would have strongly disapproved of supine GOP majority Congress we had in 2017–18. Better days are ahead for the country.