Ivanka Trump was caught using a personal email account for government business. She even said she did not know this was a no-no. I mean, it’s not as if this was not the central feature of the president’s race to the White House. And we all know Ivanka, the ever dutiful daughter, attended a few campaign rallies. She even attended the Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
“Lock her up!” This was a common feature of these rallies. It made a comeback in 2018. We now learn that the president wanted Hillary Clinton prosecuted.
WASHINGTON — President Trump told the White House counsel in the spring that he wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute two of his political adversaries: his 2016 challenger, Hillary Clinton, and the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, according to two people familiar with the conversation.
The lawyer, Donald F. McGahn II, rebuffed the president, saying that he had no authority to order a prosecution. Mr. McGahn said that while he could request an investigation, that too could prompt accusations of abuse of power. To underscore his point, Mr. McGahn had White House lawyers write a memo for Mr. Trump warning that if he asked law enforcement to investigate his rivals, he could face a range of consequences, including possible impeachment.
So how could his daughter Ivanka literally miss the memo? Did the dog eat it? Was it the bird? But in a highly divided country, the partisan excuses and attacks have started.
Predictably the usual suspects are playing their roles admirably well. Republican talking heads like former Senator Rick Santorum have told us that this situation is apples and oranges. Poor Ivanka did not know (is she an adult or a child?) And anyway, she was using it for logistics and there was no classified information, Cross my heart. I promise.
If you were not under a rock in 2016 you heard the same excuses from Hillary Clinton incidentally. They were excuses then, and they are excuses now.
Worst, the government policy regarding government business and email over private accounts is actually very simple. Just don’t. It is a result, directly mind you, of the Clinton saga.
And then there is the other side. The hypocrisy of Republicans is astounding! We hear plenty of gnashing of teeth regarding this since Republicans are giving Ivanka cover. And it is true. There is a magnificent level of double standards. However, both sides are missing the big picture, and this is on purpose.
If Jill government low-level drone did this, she would face the music. If Jill passed anything even approaching classified over non-secured non-government servers, she would lose her job, her clearance and perhaps her freedom. But Jill is not related to any well-connected person. Nor is a member of the ruling elite.
Ivanka should lose her job. We all know better, she won’t. If she had any political ambitions, they should be over. This is not about hypocrisy. Nor is this about her party. She tried to do this to avoid the national records law. So did Clinton. Both of them should at least face some consequences.
You could argue that HRC did. Now it is Ivanka’s turn. But the consequences have to be closer to what Jill Drone would likely face. We live under a theory that is increasingly becoming fantasy. This is equality under the law. It is clear that neither woman will face a court of law. It is also clear that both used similar excuses. And their defenders continue to use situational ethics.
Incidentally. When people point out that HRC transmitted classified information, democratic operatives dismiss it as after the fact. And the current defenders say Ivanka did not traffic in any classified information. We shall see.
So let’s deal with this for what it is. This is potentially a national security breach. I do not care who does it. This is the heart of the issue. Either you take it seriously, or you don’t, playing politics with this is the last thing we need.
At the very least this will play havoc with professionals in the government.
As to the idea of prosecuting political rivals…that us what happens in banana republics. Have we crossed to that standard? This abuse of presidential power was one of the reasons for Richard Nixon’s impeachment. I suppose young Donald Trump was not paying attention. Or he simply does not care. Those who seek absolute power do not care for the rule of law.