Well, this is rage inducing.
Courtesy of WaPo:
On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and daughter Ivanka Trump, both advisers to the president, had used either personal email accounts or the messaging application WhatsApp to conduct official business, according to information from the House Oversight Committee. The latter is particularly problematic because messages are encrypted between users, meaning that unless Kushner and Ivanka Trump stored copies of their messages or the recipients turned the messages over to the government, there’s no way to record what was said.
Kushner’s lawyer told House investigators that Kushner “took images of his communications” on a WhatsApp account, then forwarded them to official accounts. Asked whether Kushner had shared classified information over the app, the attorney replied, “That’s above my pay grade.” according to the Journal report.
Imagine Clinton’s attorney having offered that excuse in July 2016.
It wasn’t just Kushner and Ivanka Trump. The committee learned that former deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland and former adviser Stephen K. Bannon had also, at times, used personal email accounts for official business. Some of those communications, the Journal reports, dealt with a proposal to send nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. McFarland’s account was through AOL, according to the New York Times.
And these are only the most recent examples. In 2017, the Times reported that other Trump administration officials, including adviser Stephen Miller, former chief of staff Reince Priebus and former National Economic Council director Gary Cohn had all used personal email accounts to conduct official business.
That’s seven officials, past and present, who used personal email accounts: Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Miller, Cohn, Bannon, McFarland and Priebus.
I swear the fact that Trump and his associates will engage in precisely the activities that they accuse others of being guilty of is the most easily predictable fact about this presidency.
But putting that aside this is in fact much more serious than anything that Hillary was ever accused of doing.
If Hillary had been accused of using a WhatsApp account to conduct official business or an AOL account to talk about sending nuclear technology to a foreign country she would have had torch and pitchfork wielding conservatives surrounding her home and demanding her head.
This is terribly egregious and I imagine that the House Democrats are already preparing their investigation.
Once again reminding us how nice it is to have a Democratic majority in the House.