November 20, 2018

No, Ivanka’s Private Email Use Is Not the Same as Hillary’s

To borrow a quote from Hillary Clinton, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and senior adviser, sometimes used a private email address to send official White House correspondence throughout 2017. The flagship Leftmedia #Resistance publication, The Washington Post, broke the story last night and quickly drew the obvious parallel: “The discovery alarmed some advisers to President Trump, who feared that his daughter’s prac­tices bore similarities to the personal email use of Hillary Clinton, an issue he made a focus of his 2016 campaign. He attacked his Democratic challenger as untrustworthy and dubbed her ‘Crooked Hillary’ for using a personal email account as secretary of state.” Leftists came out of the woodwork to throw the “lock her up” chant back in Trump’s face.

The Trumps are a bunch of hypocrites, right?

Not quite.

It is true that after, er, What Happened to Hillary Clinton, all public officials should be cured of ever using private email to conduct official business. This isn’t rocket science. At the very least, pleading ignorance as Ivanka Trump did is downright laughable.

But Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Trump’s attorney, cut to the chase: “To address misinformation being peddled about Ms. Trump’s personal email, she did not create a private server in her house or office, there was never classified information transmitted, the account was never transferred or housed at Trump Organization, no emails were ever deleted, and the emails have been retained in the official account in conformity with records preservation laws and rules.”

By contrast — and far worse than the WaPo’s downplayed summary — Clinton exclusively used a private, unsecured email server in her home while she was secretary of state. Despite professionally scrubbing more than 30,000 emails (that were never recovered), FBI investigators still found more than 2,000 emails that contained some form of classified information, including 22 that communicated top secret information. Clinton used her secret server specifically to avoid scrutiny before her 2016 presidential bid — scrutiny of corrupt dealings by the Clinton Foundation and its pay-to-play favors for other nations that enriched Bill and Hillary Clinton. She then escaped consequences because a political hack named James Comey, then director of the FBI, explained why Clinton didn’t really mean to break the law. And because Barack Obama also used private email to conduct official business with Hillary.

But never mind all that. As Hot Air’s John Sexton quips, “The upside here is we’re finally about to learn from Democrats how bad it is for people in government to skirt federal record-keeping laws.”

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