Dems Upset That Trump’s Document Issue Raise The Specter Of Hillary’s Emails
On the one hand, Trump-hating Democrats may be openly gloating about the news of alleged improper handling of documents by Donald Trump. However, on the other hand, just as many of them are upset over the way the press about Trump’s documents is having the controversy over Hillary’s email rear its head once more.
Democrats say the revelation that Trump took boxes of official documents with him upon his departure from the White House last year carries the markings of a political double standard.
Republicans — and Trump, in particular — criticized Clinton relentlessly during the 2016 presidential race over her document retention practices at the State Department, yet many in the GOP have remained silent on the recent accusations against the former president.
“The hypocrisy is not surprising at all given President Trump has always had a different set of rules for himself than he has for other people,” said Patti Solis Doyle, who served as Clinton’s campaign manager during her 2008 White House bid.
Trump handed over 15 boxes of presidential records and other materials that he had taken with him to his Palm Beach, Fla., Mar-a-Lago resort to the National Archives last month. Some of those boxes were believed to include classified information, a violation of federal record-keeping laws.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), the chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, sent a letter to David Ferriero, the archivist of the United States, seeking information about Trump’s handling of the White House records, including reports that he “repeatedly attempted to destroy presidential records.”
According to a forthcoming book by The New York Times’s Maggie Haberman, White House staff also suspected that Trump had tried to flush certain materials after finding wads of paper in a toilet. A claim that Trump vehemently denies.
“Another fake story, that I flushed papers and documents down a White House toilet, is categorically untrue and simply made up by a reporter in order to get publicity for a mostly fictitious book,” Trump said.
For Clinton and her allies, the investigation into her use of a private email server during her tenure as former President Obama’s secretary of State stands as a painful reminder of her 2016 electoral loss to Trump, who spent much of his campaign raising damaging questions about Clinton’s conduct.
Many Democrats still blame the probe — particularly former FBI Director James Comey’s announcement weeks before the 2016 election that his agency was reopening its investigation — for helping propel Trump to victory. Adding to Democrats’ exasperation is the fact that the investigation into Clinton’s emails cleared her of wrongdoing.
Even though it is in the context of the “double standard,” every news report about Trump’s alleged mishandling of documents also included callbacks to Hillary’s emails, which is just opening up old wounds for Democrats.
Trump’s allies have sought to ward off any comparison between his actions and those of Clinton. Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said that, unlike with Trump, “there was actually an investigation” into Clinton’s email practices.
He also insisted that Trump would ultimately be cleared of any wrongdoing, saying that the White House was “very diligent” in its record retention.
“What they’re doing with Donald Trump is trying to look backwards and attach some kind of relative comparison, which there is no comparison,” Meadows said, speaking to Newsmax. “When you really purposely go out to destroy documents like Hillary Clinton did … I can tell you there is not a comparison.
“We were very diligent in making sure we preserve those documents, and ultimately I think the record will show that,” he added.