The right’s outrage over Hilary Clinton’s use of a private email server was so vitriolic and unhinged, it resulted in hordes chanting “LOCK HER UP!” at Trump-related events. Michael Flynn (who, ironically, may soon be locked up himself) started such a chant at the Republican National Convention of all places.
Those hoarse voices are deafeningly silent now, as reports emerge showing that Jared Kushner used private email accounts for official White House business.
What makes the revelation dangerous for Kushner is that the chair and vice-chair of the Senate intelligence committee have publicly stated that the son-in-law moonlighting as a White House advisor did not disclose the use of a private email account when he turned over documents at a closed-door session with the committee earlier this summer.
Kushner’s misdirection during the hearing – part of congress’ ongoing Russia investigations – could put him in legal jeopardy.
There are six Trump administration officials both past and present thought to have used private emails as part of their White House duties: Steve Bannon, Gary Cohn, Stephen Miller, Reince Priebus, and none other than Ivanka Trump.
The double standard is stunning, and is as clear an indication as ever that the GOP’s hollow condemnation of Clinton was an act meant to obscure their lack of an actionable platform.
Or integrity, for that matter.