Newsweek and a public ethics watchdog group have just exposed Ivanka Trump’s secretive use of personal email to conduct official business in the White House.
The Trump campaign and Republican party spent literally two entire years propagandizing their voters about the terrors of Hillary Clinton legal use of private email systems, yet this marks the second private email scandal in as many days for President’s two
senior advisors bratty children, whom he nepotistically hired to run America.
Watchdog group American Oversight found the emails by using a Freedom of Information Act request and it turns out that for the purpose of secretly emailing Trump’s former donors about official business, Ivanka uses her married name, Kushner. Newsweek reports:
Ivanka Trump, the first daughter and adviser to the president, used a personal email address to communicate with a government official after her father took office, according to documents that the nonprofit American Oversight obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and shared exclusively with Newsweek.
The documents show that on February 28, Trump—identifying herself as Ivanka Kushner—emailed Linda McMahon, the administrator of the United States Small Business Administration, from a personal domain. At the time, Trump was operating inside the White House in a nonofficial capacity.
She wrote that she wanted McMahon’s agency and her staff to “explore opportunities to collaborate” on issues related to “women’s entrepreneurship.” She copied on the correspondence the government email addresses of two other federal employees, Dina Powell and Julie Radford.
When Clinton was Secretary of State, her private email server was allowed, but the Obama Administration ended the practice after she left office.
Meanwhile, Ivanka Trump advised her daddy, the racist President, from virtually day one in the White House and as a member of the First Family was entitled to an official email account right away. She met Canadian President Justin Trudeau and attended other White House events while scribbling away secret notes to
the taxpayers’ public servants her daddy’s cronies.
Ironically, her husband Jared Kushner was also caught using a private email account just this weekend, which he used to secretly communicate with Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus and Gary Cohn amongst others, after the election and early in the Administration.
Newsweek has consistently been a leader in seeking out the secretive private email accounts our (heretofore all) Republican elected officials are abusing in the White House.
They caught the Bush Administration deleting evidence of their war crimes and must more, when they exposed 22 million emails were deleted, including many about their big lies deployed to urge America into a perpetual war in Iraq.
Infamous Republican strategist Karl “Bush’s Brain” Rove used private email accounts from the Republican National Committee to run his culture wars from the White House in complete secret.
This past December, one of their reports busted the Trump transition team working directly with the very same Republican National Committee to create a secret email system to avoid detection, which they shut down after the news broke.
Today’s news that Ivanka Trump is abusing the use of private email – long after the practice has been banned in the executive branch – shows utter contempt for the American people and is part of the Trump regime’s earnest attempts to be the least transparent administration in American history.
If not for courageous government watchdogs like American Oversight – who Rachel Maddow featured on MSNBC just two weeks ago – we would never know about the Executive Branch’s stunning abuse of power and secrecy to cover it all up.
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Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats 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. Find out more at grantstern.com.