We’re about to have the most gorgeous frenzy of utter hypocrisy over in the US. For it seems that Ivanka Trump has been using personal email to communicate with people in the White House and Administration. This breaking one of those American rules, that all such communications should be traceable and thus government will be open. At least to history anyway.
Yes, you’re right, this is Hillary all over again. Well, no, not quite, but nearly, nearly enough for politics. It’s not quite running the State Department from a server in the broom cupboard at home. And we don’t know whether such emails from Ivanka were just social, not work. And we’ve not had destruction of the email accounts, the wiping of the archives as yet either. But, you know, it’s the same. An aide used private email, a Cabinet Officer used only private email, exactly the same.
Which is where that orgy of hypocrisy is going to come in:
Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka used a personal email account to send hundreds of emails about government business, the Washington Post reported on Monday.
The revelation prompted immediate accusations of hypocrisy. Trump branded his 2016 election rival “Crooked Hillary” Clinton over her use of a private email server and encouraged supporters in chants of “Lock her up!”
The Post report said Ivanka, a White House senior adviser, used a personal account to send hundreds of emails last year to White House aides, cabinet officials and her assistants – many in violation of federal records rules.
White House ethics officials learned of her practice when reviewing emails gathered last autumn by five cabinet agencies to respond to a public records lawsuit, according to the report. They found that Ivanka often discussed or relayed official White House business using a private email account with a domain that she shares with her husband, Jared Kushner, during much of last year.
Her excuse is that she was unaware of some details of the records rules, her assocates told the Post.
Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Ivanka’s lawyer and ethics counsel, Abbe Lowell, told the Post: “While transitioning into government, after she was given an official account but until the White House provided her the same guidance they had given others who started before she did, Ms Trump sometimes used her personal account, almost always for logistics and scheduling concerning her family.”
He denied that any of the messages contained classified information.
Isn’t this going to be fun? For of course this is politics so the hypocrisy is going to be coming from all directions. Those who would have jailed Hillary will be insisting this is nothing like the same, it’s a tiny slip, fuggeddaboutid. Those who said that Hillary’s was a minor slip are going to be screaming that this is exactly the same but Ivanka must be jailed, her father impeached because it’s exactly the same. Except she’s blonde. Or younger. Jewish. Maybe even a Republican. Something, anyway.
Nope, I’m not picking sides here. Just watch and wonder at the spectacle though. The people who are about to do this are also those who insist that this is the manner in which, the best system for, a country of 320 million people should be run. Screaming hypocrites shouting at each other. Yup, that’s the way to run the nation.