Of course, Ivanka Trump says that her emails are not a big deal.
The first girl blinked last week when the Washington Post announced it had used a personal email account to communicate about government affairs last year. But in an interview with ABC Hello America aired on Wednesday, Trump said that there was "no equivalence" between his shares and Hillary Clinton, who, as a secretary of state, was using a private mail server. She added that President Donald Trump and his followers often use Clinton's e-mails to not apply to her.
This is what Trump said when ABC's Deborah Roberts asked her about her use of email and comparisons with Clinton:
There is really no equivalence. All my e-mails concerning any form of government work, which mainly concerned planning and logistics, and the management of the fact that I have a personal and professional life, are all part of public records. They are all stored on the White House system. So, everything has been preserved, everything has been archived, there is no equivalence between the two.
When Roberts responded by saying that some people saw his actions and Clinton's actions as identical, the president's eldest daughter insisted they did not do it.
.@IvankaTrump at @GMA on the use of private e-mail for governments and comparisons with Hillary: "There is no equivalence … The fact is that we all have private e-mails and e-mails to coordinate our activities with our families. "
And goes on to say that her father's concept of "locking her up" does not apply to her. pic.twitter.com/sHxo2LoxiN
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 28, 2018
"The fact is, we all have private e-mails and personal e-mails to coordinate with our family. We all receive content for these emails and nothing forbids the use of private emails as long as they are archived and as long as there is nothing classified. , Said Trump.
Ivanka Trump was also indirectly affected in Clinton, claiming that she had no "intention to bypass" the White House's messaging system and that she had not indulged in "massive deletions" after the publication of a summons to appear.
As PolitiFact explains, in 2015, an employee removed 33,000 emails from Clinton a few weeks after the Benghazi committee issued a subpoena asking him to receive emails relating to the 2012 attack. in Libya, after realizing that he had asked for it in 2014 and had not done so. The FBI has found no evidence that emails have been deliberately deleted to bypass the subpoena.
"So, the idea of" locking it "does not concern you?" Roberts asked.
"No," said Trump, laughing.
Democrats in the House have announced plans to investigate the use of Trump's e-mail when they win a majority in Congress next year. As the New York Times notes last year, members of Congress launched a bipartisan investigation into the use of private email by many White House officials, including Ivanka Trump's husband, Jared Kushner. But they did not go very far.
Ivanka's emails are probably not a big deal. But then the question is, were Hillary Clinton?
The use of email by Clinton was a central point in the 2016 elections.
Even after FBI director James Comey said in July 2016 that no charges would be laid against Clinton for his use of a private messaging server as a secretary of state (although which he described as "extremely carefree"), the case often dominated the news. cycle. Trump and his allies invoked it during the election campaign and, even after the elections, this continues to be a major element of Fox News.
A study done earlier this year on the Times' election coverage revealed that in the space of only six days during the last stage of the 2016 campaign, the Times had published as many articles cover on Clinton's emails that they had sent on all political issues gathered over the course of 69 days. before the elections.
Matt Yglesias of Vox in 2016, just before the elections, wrote that the Clinton email scandal was a "bullshit story" that dominated the campaign, including when, in the last days of the campaign, Comey announced his reopening, then closed, the email probe:
This is unfortunate because emailgate, like so many pseudo-Clinton scandals before him, is bullshit. The real scandal here is the way in which a modestly modest story dominated the US presidential election – much bigger crushing stories, giving the American people a completely skewed impression of one of the two nominees and creating a space for the FBI to intervene in the election in favor of his seemingly preferred candidate in a dangerous way.
Ivanka Trump may well be right not to take full advantage of her emails. Maybe we should not have done too much Clinton, either.