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Ivanka Trump and Hillary Clinton’s very different email controversies

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Ivanka Trump
White House senior adviser
Ivanka Trump is under fire for sending hundreds of messages
related to government affairs via a personal email
account.

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  • White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump is under fire for
    sending hundreds of messages related to government affairs via a
    personal email account. 
  • National security experts and even former Trump
    administration officials have accused the White House of
    hypocrisy in relation to its focus on Hillary Clinton’s use of a
    private email server. 
  • There are similarities between the two controversies, but
    also some key differences. 

White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump is under fire for sending
hundreds of messages related to government affairs via a personal
email account. 

The White House is now facing accusations of hypocrisy in
relation to President Donald Trump’s ongoing attempts to bring
attention to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s
controversial use of a private email server. 

There are similarities between the two controversies, but also
some key differences. 

Ivanka reportedly sent hundreds of messages — many of them
in violation of federal records rules — from her private email
address to numerous White House aides, Cabinet officials, and
assistants. This was apparently discovered by White House ethics
officials as they reviewed emails as part of a public records
lawsuit, The Washington Post reported.  

Ivanka was apparently not aware of the rules, despite the
overwhelming focus during her father’s presidential campaign on
such issues surrounding the controversial use of a private email
server by Clinton.

The first daughter’s legal team told The Post she
sometimes used her personal account, almost always for
logistics and scheduling concerning her family,” but maintained
she never sent classified
information. 
 

Correspondingly, the major issue surrounding the Clinton
controversy was the fact some of the emails she sent did contain
classified info, sparking concerns about national security. With
that said, the FBI performed a lengthy, careful probe of
Clinton’s emails and determined that while her behavior was
careless it was not criminal.  


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Bradley P. Moss, a Washington, DC-based lawyer specializing
in national security, said there are “obvious distinctions”
between the “severity” of the two controversies. 

“We know now how much classified information had spilled
into the various e-mails sent and received by Hillary Clinton,
and the risk to national security that existed as a result of
that was not imaginary or overblown,” Moss told INSIDER. “It was
a serious breach of protocol and anyone else would have had their
security clearance revoked.”

But Moss added that we know all of this because there was
an “an exhaustive two-year government investigation into the
matter.”

“No such investigation has occurred yet with respect to
Ivanka’s e-mail practices, so we do not yet know just how
reckless she was (or, conversely, was not) compared to Hillary
Clinton,” Moss added. 


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As Moss noted, Clinton became Secretary of State in 2009,
and was only the second person in that position to ever use
e-mail and the agency “

had not yet really
contemplated how to address the situation.” In this context,
there are some reasons to give Clinton the benefit of the doubt
in terms of her dubious email practices.

“Ivanka’s actions, particularly coming in the wake of a
presidential election in which her father obsessed over Hillary’s
e-mail practices, were not merely hypocritical but bordered on
inexcusable lack of awareness,” Moss said. 

Between the
“lock her up” chants
and Trump’s desire to see Clinton
prosecuted, Moss added that it’s “beyond absurd” for

Ivanka to arrive at the White House in that
environment and claim with a straight face that she did not
realize she could not rely exclusively on a private e-mail
account to conduct official business.”

There have already been bipartisan calls in Congress for
the first daughter’s emails to be
investigated. 
Congressional Democrats on the
Oversight and Government Reform Committee
plan to investigate private email use of Ivanka and other White
House officials.

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