In Mid November, it came to light that in 2017, Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, sent out hundreds of emails containing government information using her personal email account. These emails were all sent through an account that she shares with her husband, Jared Kushner. Last year it was reported that he also had used a private account used for government business as well. These emails were directed to White House aids, her assistants and Cabinet Officials.
Throughout the 2016 election Donald Trump constantly attacked Hillary Clinton for using a private email account and server while she was Secretary of State. Trump deemed her “Crooked Hillary” and repeatedly used the phrase “lock her up.” This time instead of Donald Trump putting the user of the private email account on blast, he defended Ivanka, which some have said is extremely hypocritical. President Donald Trump defended his daughter saying that they “weren’t classified like Hillary Clinton’s” and that “none of the emails were ever deleted.” Ivanka said that if people want to view these cases similarly they will, and added, “The fact is that we all have private emails and personal emails to coordinate with our family.” While it is not illegal for those in the White House to use personal emails, all the emails sent on their personal accounts must be forwarded to a government account within 20 days so that they may be preserved; Ivanka Trump did not meet the 20 day requirement.
The use of private emails by government employees is still an ongoing issue; This time with Ivanka Trump. Even after all of the controversy in 2016 with Hillary Clinton, Ivanka Trump stated that the reason she continued to use her private email was because she “was not familiar with some details of the rules.” The White House referred the requests for a comment to Abbe Lowell, who Ivanka’s attorney. Peter Mirijanian, spokesman for Abbe Lowell made a statement saying, “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.” His statement was quick to call out the differences between Hillary’s email scandal and Ivankas.
Although there was much controversy coming from Ivanka Trump’s emails, it turns out that her private email use was not a scheme to get away from being kept in government records, but instead a way to adjust to government life. The drama from the situation has or soon will be overblown – and the same goes for Hillary Clinton.
by Jill Miller