Trump's Education Secretary caught using personal email for government business
Back when he thought he could use the issue to attack Hillary Clinton, Trump used to pretend that he thought using personal email for government work was a serious "crime" that should be punished with prison time.
Now, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is just the latest Trump administration official who turns out to have committed the once-cardinal sin of breaking federal records rules on email use.
The Department of Education's Office of Inspector General said Monday that DeVos used her personal email for government business roughly 100 times, and that those emails "were not always being properly preserved" in accordance with federal rules.
DeVos is not the only Trump administration official who has run afoul of those rules.
In one egregious instance, now-former deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland used her personal AOL email account to conduct official business — including a discussion about transferring sensitive U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.
Trump's own daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner, actually used a private email server for government business — the exact same thing Trump attacked Clinton for back in 2016.
Despite relishing in the "lock her up" chants against Clinton during his campaign rallies, Trump didn't seem to care about private email server use when it was his own kids.
The email issue that helped sink Clinton's campaign was always stupid and blown out of proportion. Nonetheless, Trump once made it very clear that he views using private email for official government business to be seriously against the law.
And since laws apply to everyone, even his own administration officials and children, it's noteworthy that Trump suddenly refuses to say: "Lock them up!"
Published with permission of The American Independent. Attribution: Emily Singer.