Republicans swore that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would put America’s national security in jeopardy by using a private email server. But somehow there’s no complaints now that their newly inaugurated President and his cronies are using the very same exact private email domain, and server set up at the Republican National Committee that Karl Rove and the failed Bush Administration used to hide 22 million public record emails before illegally deleting them. Newsweek reports:
Senior Trump administration staffers, including Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner, Sean Spicer and Steve Bannon, have active accounts on a Republican National Committee (RNC) email system. (Since this story was published, the RNC has deleted the emails of Bannon, Kushner and Conway. Newsweek is waiting for further comment.)
Luckily, the lame duck Congress in 2014 managed to pass a bill requiring that all White House emails – including those used on the RNC’s server – be transferred to an official archivist within 20 days. The Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014 (44 U.S.C. 2209) passed with the unanimous consent of both Houses of Congress – that’s right, a bipartisan bill agreed by all parties – and was signed into law by President Obama the very same day. So we do expect to see these new private emails with official business delivered to the public within a couple of months, and they’ll probably be revealing.
This isn’t the first time Trump has used a controversial private email server, his campaign used one to create a secure communications channel with a Russian bank, only to be discovered and to change settings when the New York Times asked for comment, and then resumed using the same device. It’s not entirely possible that new private emails have been created for those same White House staffers, but not yet discovered or divulged yet. Also, it’s logical to imagine that Reince Priebus, Trump’s Chief of Staff, most likely has an RNCHQ.com email too, since he’s the outgoing national party Chair for the GOP.
If there’s one completely outrageous fact about the entire affair, it’s that Donald Trump spent the entire campaign riling up crowds against Hillary Clinton and demanding somebody “lock her up” for the exact conduct his regime is pursuing in only its first few days in office. But this is Donald Trump we’re talking about, so there’s yet another stupendous fact to follow; the RNC’s email system is already known to be penetrated by Russia’s cyber forces:
The RNC email system, according to U.S. intelligence, was hacked during the 2016 race. “They better be careful after making such a huge ruckus over the private email over at the State Department,” says former Bush administration lawyer Richard Painter.
Perhaps for a man with a serious bromance with Vladimir Putin, this poses no problem. But it should represent a problem for the American people and Trump’s voters who actually thought Mrs. Clinton committed a crime just by using a private email server that was never hacked. How can they possibly tolerate Trump doing the same in just his first week in office? This is in addition to Trump retaining his civilian cellphone – which is presumably an unencrypted device that is easy to intercept – to conduct Presidential business.
This is yet another move by Trump to make America great by continuing the Bush Administration’s failed policies, again, and they’re trying to hide their shameful discussions of how to wreak havoc in the exact same way.
Grant Stern is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition