The avalanche of White House hypocrisy continued on Monday as a new report shows that at least six close advisers of Donald Trump used private emails to conduct government business.
The stunning news comes a day after it was revealed that Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner used a personal account for his work in the White House.
More from The New York Times report:
At least six of President Trump’s closest advisers occasionally used private email addresses to discuss White House matters, current and former officials said on Monday.
The disclosures came a day after news surfaced that Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and adviser, used a private email account to send or receive about 100 work-related emails during the administration’s first seven months. But Mr. Kushner was not alone. Stephen K. Bannon, the former chief White House strategist, and Reince Priebus, the former chief of staff, also occasionally used private email addresses. Other advisers, including Gary D. Cohn and Stephen Miller, sent or received at least a few emails on personal accounts, officials said.
Ivanka Trump, the president’s elder daughter, who is married to Mr. Kushner, used a private account when she acted as an unpaid adviser in the first months of the administration, Newsweek reported Monday. Administration officials acknowledged that she also occasionally did so when she formally became a White House adviser. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter with reporters.
Now, as the Times pointed out, “It is not illegal for White House officials to use private email accounts as long as they forward work-related messages to their work accounts so they can be preserved,” but it’s a stunning show of hypocrisy and arrogance for an administration that campaigned on locking Hillary Clinton up for similar email use.
For nearly two years, Trump and his supporters – and many of those who continue to serve with him in the White House – pointed to Clinton’s email use not only as a disqualifier but something that warranted criminal charges.
So, either the entire anti-Hillary Clinton email crusade was a complete sham meant to rile up right-wing voters, or the country should be marching toward the White House at this hour chanting, “Lock them up!”
Which is it, Mr. President?
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.