Donald Trump on Tuesday dishonestly labeled as “fake news” the reports that his eldest daughter and top adviser Ivanka Trump violated federal law via using a personal email account in order to conduct government business.
With his first comments on the scandal, President Trump rejected the major parallels to his Democratic opponent in 2016 Hillary Clinton’s private email setup, claiming without providing evidence that his daughter’s emails didn’t contain any classified information and she didn’t use a big home server.
“She wasn’t doing anything to hide her emails,” Donald Trump said about his daughter while talking to reporters in the White House on Tuesday.
“There was no deleting like Hillary Clinton did,” claimed the president. “There was no server in the basement like Hillary Clinton had. You were talking about a whole different, you’re talking about fake news.”
The critics of the president, as well as his supporters, said the arrangement is hypocritical because Donald Trump used the email issue extensively to hammer Clinton in the 2016 campaign and distract from his own severe shortcomings. Trump supporters continue to chant “lock her up!” during campaign rallies, a disturbing example of brainwashing and a callback to Trump’s signature line during the 2016 race. (Ironically, Trump has proven to be one of the most corrupt presidents in history and is actively obstructing the federal investigation into his election rigging conspiracy with Russia.)
House Democrats announced that they would probe Ivanka Trump’s use of her personal email account to find out whether she broke federal law.
When asked about any upcoming probes, the president answered: “Ivanka can take care of herself.”
The president said all of his daughter’s emails involving government business were transferred to her government account to obey the Presidential Records Act, saying “everything is there.”
Washington Post set off massive controversy around Ivanka Trump when they reported that she utilized a personal email account that was shared with Jared Kushner, her husband a top White House adviser, in order to communicate with administration officials.
A spokesman for Abbe Lowell, Ivanka Trump’s lawyer, told the paper that Ivanka “sometimes used her personal account, almost always for logistics and scheduling concerning her family” when she was entering government and ceased doing so once she was informed about rules surrounding email use.