Republican Hypocrites Who Want To Subpoena Hillary Clinton Don’t Have To Save Their Own Emails



The same House Republicans who want to subpoena Hillary Clinton’s emails have made sure that they aren’t required to save their own emails.

The AP reported:

Congress makes its own rules, and has never subjected itself to open records laws that force agencies such as the State Department to maintain records and turn them over to the public when asked.

There’s also no requirement for members of Congress to use official email accounts, or to retain, archive or store their emails, while in office or after. That’s in contrast to the White House and the rest of the executive branch. Official emails there are supposed to be retained, though the controversy over Clinton’s use of a personal email account while secretary of state has exposed vague and inconsistent requirements from one agency to another.

But if the rules at federal agencies are unclear, at least there are rules. On Capitol Hill, there are almost none. That means that the same House Republicans who are subpoenaing Clinton’s emails as part of their inquiry into the Benghazi, Libya, attacks are not required to retain emails of their own for future inspection by anyone.


House Republicans are contemplating no less than three investigations into Hillary Clinton’s emails. Some in the House have gone as far as to suggest that the full House could subpoena the Clinton email server. The news that House Republicans have exempted themselves from the same standard that they are trying to hold Hillary Clinton has pushed this story from being ridiculous to absurdity.

How can anyone take the Republican angst over Clinton’s emails seriously when they took steps to exempt themselves from having to save any of their own emails? Republicans suggest that they are different and that the public doesn’t need to see their emails. In other words, Boehner’s House is telling the American people to trust them.

If there is one thing that Americans have learned since Republicans took control of the House, it is that they should never be trusted. The Republican hypocrisy is par for the course for the party of do as I say, not as I do. In the coming days and months, House Republicans are going to try to make a mountain out of the Clinton email molehill, but every time they mention emails, Boehner and company should be asked why they keep their emails hidden from the public.

Playing the email game is destined to backfire on the Republican Party.

32 Replies to “Republican Hypocrites Who Want To Subpoena Hillary Clinton Don’t Have To Save Their Own Emails”

  1. Hypocrisy from Republicans??? Say it ain’t so Me say it ain’t so….It would be a novel idea though I say with tongue nearly drilling through my cheek…

  2. First things first. The members of the military that signed are in direct violation of military law and insubordination of their commander in chief and should be court-marshaled immediately. Then we can resume discussing how ridiculous and dangerous this was.

  3. As a taxpayer I want ALL members of Congress to keep to the Open Records Act. I would be more than interested in knowing what their correspondence with large interests and funders has been. Soliciting or accepting campaign contributions within the Capitol is a felony, and I would sure like to see some of those emails about that little topic.

  4. I think its time for treason charges against the signers(Kochheads). And we will want to see every email they ever sent. These traitors need to be disciplined bigtime.

  5. I just want to say that, with all honesty, I could not possibly care any less about these damn emails.

    Can we focus on the real issues, please?

  6. I only have two questions. First, did this lack of rules applying to Congress go into effect before or after the Benghazi investigation? Second, how many Democrats voted to have Congress follow the same email rules as the agencies? Because if this has been in place for a long time and the Democrats in Congress also support not having to follow the same email rules, than it is hardly hypocrisy on the part of the Republicans. It’s hypocrisy on the part of BOTH parties.

  7. It is no different than the GOP position on health insurance.

    We have a bunch of right wing politicians with good health insurance courtesy of the federal government, telling the rest of America that providing ordinary citizens with good health insurance courtesy of the federal government will destroy our republic.

  8. And it does not look like the Boehner congress Netanyahu did old Bibi much good, here’s hoping Boehner put the nail in his coffin and he does not get elected.

  9. I’m sick of them whining about their double standard….whining they want her server, really because they are nosy and want to find “anything” to continue to whine about!!
    They’ll never, ever get it!!!!! Could you imagine, they’d then complain why was she emailing Chelsea, she was supposed to be working!!!

  10. The GOP is so arrogant they think they can have their cake and eat it too. When the GOP come clean about all the crap they have put in the President’s way just to make him and America look bad, that will be the day that I think it will be important for Hillary to turn over her emails. I do not think that will ever happen. This Congress should be ashamed of itself.

  11. This is all absurd, but I do think it COULD be damaging to all of us.. if it damages Hillary enough. I hope it falls off to just b.s. like the whole Benghazi scandal. We won’t know for awhile, but the righties, in addition to emailgate and Benghazi are hauling out all of the old stuff that has been debunked over and over again. We KNOW some Repub supporters somewhere are paying people, perhaps even the trolls posting here, to just keep hammering at this whole email craziness. They want some kind of “smoking gun” … like Hillary saying “Let’s just let those guys die” I guess.. something that makes no sense at all.

    I can’t even contemplate how email-gate could compare to Watergate, but that won’t stop the righties from making those comparisons.

  12. Couldn’t care less about Hillary’s emails. Do care quite a bit about #47 traitors being held accountable for their mutinous behavior. Do care quite a bit about Boehner being held accountable for his arrogant disrespect for the Office of the President in his invitation for Bibi to speak directly to Congress. Do care quite a bit about our elective leaders doing something positive about climate change, addressing the concerns about our infrastructure, and truly listening to their constituents back home, and not just to the ever-wrong tea party caucus.

  13. Are there democrats attacking Hillary and wanting to see all her emails? It’s not the rules themselves that make republicans hypocrites, it’s that they aren’t saving or sharing a thing while, and this is the important part, pointing a finger at Hillary.

    If the democrats were attacking her, you’d be correct. But they aren’t attacking her (for doing what they do themselves), the GOPTea is and THAT is what makes them hypocrites.

  14. They already have. I’m racking my brain, trying to remember where I saw the article, but there has been at least two rwwackadoodles that have likened this to Watergate and Clinton to Nixon. o.O

  15. Republicans are running scared. It’s been a total humiliation for the baggers to have a black man as their President and their superior and now they face the dreaded thought of next having a woman as their President and their superior. Their heads are spinning and they are spewing green bile.

  16. <em<Filed under “IOKIYAR”

    It took Jeb Bush over seven years – OVER SEVEN YEARS – to comply with Florida laws requiring him to turn over HIS emails as governor.

    Then when he did, he included names, birthdates and SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS of OVER 12,000 citizens.

  17. Well, from the editorials it was a big Boehner mistake to have Bibi grandstanding here, since then he has gone down in the polls and everyone seems to be fed up with him, he seems to be losing it and thought the speech to congress would help him. Obama
    warned not to interfere with another countries elections bu7t rethugs did not listen. Now everyone thinks Bibi will not win. Good article on Slate.

  18. nice try to evade the issue, Jason. Hillary as a State Department EMPLOYEE is not the same as and elected member of congress, and is under a whole different set of regulations. Of course, you know that, but want to muddy the waters with the typical obfuscation.

  19. federal employees (like Hillary in the State Dept) are not elected and are under vastly different regulations. But I am guessing you know that but don’t care.
    BTW if you are really interested, google the OF-109 form she had to sign when she left state. see what she attested to (in other words, what she lied about) as far as all those retained emails.

  20. The Plot Thins: State Dept regs require employees to decide what e-mails are preserved

    State Dept Reg. 5 FAM 443.2:

    E-mail message creators and recipients must decide whether a particular message is appropriate for preservation In making these decisions, all personnel should exercise the same judgment they use when determining whether to retain and file paper records.

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