Democrats complaining about White House adviser Ivanka Trump’s use of a private email address to discuss government business have received a reality check from House Oversight Committee Trey Gowdy.
Speaking Sunday on “Face the Nation,” the tough-talking, no-holds-barcongressman articulated two points.
One, congressional Republicans have done more to investigate Trump’s mistake than the Democrats ever did to investigate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi scandal.
“Congress has a responsibility to make sure that the records and the Presidential Records Act is complied with, and that is true no matter who the person is, whether it’s Secretary Clinton or whether it’s Tom Perez or whether it’s Ivanka Trump,” Gowdy said.
His point was that due diligence calls for Congress to investigate all potential misdoings, and that’s exactly what his team on the House Oversight Committee has done:
Outgoing House Oversight Committee chair Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., sent a letter to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly demanding information on Ivanka Trump’s reported use of personal email.
The letter, obtained by Fox News, follows the Washington Post report claiming that Trump sent hundreds of emails about White House business to contact “White House aides, Cabinet officials and her assistant,” an apparent violation of the Presidential Record Act. The report does not indicate if the emails contained any classified or sensitive government information.
“So we’ve taken steps, we’ve done more in the last week than some of my House Democrat colleagues did the entire time we were looking into Benghazi,” Gowdy added. “So I’m at peace with what we’ve done, but we need the information and we need it quickly.”
And two, there’s a difference between using a private email address to discuss government business and using it to transmit classified information. One action is legal, while the other isn’t.
“There are two separate issues: The divulging of classified information is a crime. Using personal email upon which to conduct public business is not a crime. You’re not supposed to do it. It’s not best practices,” Gowdy concluded.
Even the left-leaning LA Times has admitted that Trump’s actions bear little resemblance to those of Clinton.
“First of all, Clinton was the secretary of State with access to sensitive information; Ivanka Trump has a vastly less important (and more amorphous) portfolio,” senior writer Michael McGough opined in a recent column.
“More important, the Washington Post, which broke this story, noted that the FBI eventually determined that 110 of Clinton’s emails contained classified information at the time they were sent or received. A spokesman for Ivanka Trump’s lawyer said that none of her emails contained classified information. If that’s true, it’s an important difference.”
One that Democrats seem unwilling to acknowledge.
While it’s unclear whether Trump transmitted classified information, it’s a verified, set-in-stone fact that Clinton certainly did.
In fact, she wrote some of them herself.
“[A] review of 2,093 emails the State Department says contained classified information found Clinton generated classified material in the body of 104 messages transmitted on her personal server, which is now the subject of a federal probe,” the New York Post reported in 2016.