Lock Them Up? 8 Trump Officials Caught Using Private Email Servers

No matter how many scandals Donald Trump found himself in throughout his presidential campaign, the media would discuss the Hillary Clinton email investigation in equal measure in an attempt to “balance” the coverage.

Arguably, Trump won because he managed to convince enough people that Clinton’s private email server was a sign of corruption. Despite all of the ways the Trump administration has already been hypocritical, you’d have to imagine they’d be extra careful with how they handle their conduct with emails.

And yet… 8 high-ranking White House officials have been caught using personal email servers to discuss government business. Here’s a quick run-down:

1. Mike Pence – Vice President

Hopefully he learned his lesson by the time he reached the White House, but in his time as governor on Indiana, Pence used a private AOL email address to conduct governmental business.

Because these emails were on an insecure server, they were hacked. But good news – Pence maintains that the emails he sent on his AOL account did not contain confidential or sensitive information, so it wouldn’t be a big deal if they were released to the public. So, you know, no harm/no foul!

2. Kris Kobach – Vice Chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

Kobach has managed to cozy up to Trump in recent months because he’s one of the few people willing to claim that voter fraud really did occur on the massive scale that Trump has asserted.

Although he has a government email as Secretary of State for Kansas, Kobach has been doing business for the election integrity commission with a personal email account because – according to him – he is serving Trump as a private citizen and not a government official. Again, according to him, using his government email would be “a waste of state resources.”

Since I’m sure Kansas probably wouldn’t mind covering whatever pennies these additional emails might cost, it does seem more like an attempt to keep these election emails away from oversight. After all, the Commission already failed this summer to publicly disclose required documents it referenced in meetings.

The Commission is currently being sued in order to disclose all of its correspondence.

3. Jared Kushner – Senior Advisor to the President/Son-in-Law

According to Kushner’s own lawyer, Kushner has used his private email account while conferring about official White House matters “dozens of times” since joining the president’s staff.

Thus far, Kushner’s attorney has insisted that Kushner did not break laws since he forwarded the emails in question to his government account after the fact so that they remain on the record. Furthermore, he insisted none of the emails included confidential information.

Alas, a simple apology may not suffice in this case. U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings formally began an inquiry into Kushner’s use of private emails.

4. Ivanka Trump – Advisor to the President/First Daughter

News that Kushner’s wife was engaging in a similar activity quickly followed. Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request that let the public see some of Ivanka’s colleagues’ government emails, it was clear she had engaged in cyber-dialogue about political business with her personal account and not her government email.

White House representatives have made sure to damage control, arguing that Ivanka specifically sought to become a federal employee “to ensure that she would have access to government-issued communications devices and receive an official email account to protect government records.”

5. Reince Priebus – Former Chief of Staff

6. Steve Bannon – Former Chief White House Strategist

7. Stephen Miller – Senior Advisor of Policy

8. Gary Cohn – Chief Economic Advisor to the President

At this point, it’s not clear to what extent each of these men used their personal email accounts to conduct White House business, other than that the New York Times confirmed that they all did it in some capacity.

We’ll have to wait to hear more details on what happened with these guys in the future, but the fact that so many within the White House could be this “sloppy” starts to point to an intentional attempt to subvert oversight rather than repeated mistakes.

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63 comments

Ann W
Ann W1 months ago

You wont see any of these points being investigated in depth and to the point of ad nauseum on Fox.

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Marie W
Marie W6 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Amanda M
Amanda Mabout a year ago

And of course since they're related to/work for the Grand High Pooh-Bah of Upper Buttcrack, you know that Twitler is going to look the other way and still continue his broken-record cry of "Lock her up!" HYPOCRITES!!!!

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Philippa P
Philippa Pabout a year ago

Thanks.

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Regus Slantei
Regus Slanteiabout a year ago

Winn A, speaking of Trump, says: "He's a cancer on America."

I'm not so sure. Cancer can sometimes be cured....whereas I don't think there is any cure for the likes of Trump and his supporters. I think they are an incurable malignancy on America.

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Jennifer H
Jennifer Habout a year ago

Is anyone really surprised by this. The usual do as I say not as I do.

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Kay M
Kay Mabout a year ago

Good evening and thank you for this article - POSITIVELY- IF CLINTON WAS SUBJECTED TO THE SCREAMS OF THE TRUMP BASE ---LOCK HER UP- THEN THESE 8 SHOULD ENDURE THE SAME SHAME FILLED SCREAMS FROM THAT GANG OF KKK- NEO NAZI- ALT RIGHT - SKIN HEAD- WHITE SUPREMACY THUGS - WHAT A SORRY BUNCH OF LOSERS -THESE TRUMP FOLLOWERS ARE- sincerely KAY M.

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Ellie M
Ellie Mabout a year ago

ty

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Lisa M
Lisa Mabout a year ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa Mabout a year ago

Noted.

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