For years, Donald Trump has attacked Hillary Clinton for using a private email server and led his supporters in chants of “lock her up” at rallies. Now that Trump’s daughter, Ivanka is under fire for using a private email account to conduct government business, he suddenly sees things differently.
Trump tried to cover for his daughter on Tuesday by weakly arguing that the reporting on her email use was “fake news.”
Before the scandal blew out in the open, Trump’s allies in Congress tried to sweep it under the rug a year ago, but now the scandal over Ivanka’s emails has gotten too big to ignore, just as Democrats prepare to take Control of the House Of Representatives.
One Republican in particular, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the outgoing chairman of the House Oversight Committee, stonewalled an investigation into Ivanka Trump’s potentially improper email use a year before it became a public scandal.
But now that he can’t avoid it anymore, Gowdy is finally admitting Ivanka may have broken the law when she used a private email account to conduct government business.
“Ms. Trump’s use of a personal email account for official communications may implicate the Presidential Records Act and other security and recordkeeping requirements,” Gowdy wrote in a letter to the White House requesting a briefing on the email issue.
The Presidential Records Act requires government business to be conducted through proper government channels, so that the record can be preserved for future reference.
The Washington Post reported Monday that Ivanka Trump, along with her husband Jared Kushner, used a private email system to send hundreds of messages to government officials. Ivanka Trump did this while serving in her capacity as an aide to her father, and sent messages pertaining to government business.
The White House initially tried to hide that she had done this, minimizing the extent of the problem and placing the blame on Kushner. And Republicans in Congress, led by Gowdy, helped enable the cover-up.
And only now that the White House’s deception has been exposed by the Washington Post is Gowdy starting to do the follow-up work that he should have done over a year ago.
But congressional Democrats on the Oversight Committee, led by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), said the Ivanka Trump email scandal will be one of many investigations that will be conducted under Democratic leadership in the new Congress.
Ivanka Trump is going to be held accountable for her actions, even though her fellow Republicans failed to make that happen when they had the chance.
You can read Gowdy’s letter here:
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