Rep. Trey Gowdy Demands Details of Ivanka Trump’s Email Use
Rep. Trey Gowdy, the outgoing Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to the White House this week demanding more information about Ivanka Trump’s use of personal email to conduct government business. Gowdy, who has been a more or less steady voice of support for President Trump, indicated in the letter that the First Daughter’s email use may constitute a violation of federal recordkeeping rules and that Congress had an obligation to provide oversight.
“In light of the importance and necessity of preserving the public record and doing so in a manner that is reflective of relevant statutory and regulatory requirements, the Committee must assess whether the White House took adequate steps to archive Ms. Trump’s emails and prevent a recurrence,” Gowdy wrote in a letter to Chief of Staff John Kelly.
This is just so laughable, and we resent Gowdy for giving the Democrats something to chew on when they take the committee over in January. Already, Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who is expected to become chairman next year, is chomping at the bit to put Ivanka and her husband under the congressional microscope.
“We launched a bipartisan investigation last year into White House officials’ use of private email accounts for official business, but the White House never gave us the information we requested,” Cummings said. “We need those documents to ensure that Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and other officials are complying with federal records laws and there is a complete record of the activities of this Administration.”
We don’t recall a single instance of Cummings expressing any concern whatsoever about Hillary Clinton’s private emails, the fact that she was sending and receiving classified information on an insecure server, or that her staff destroyed 30,000 emails that were under government subpoena. But yes, the private emails of Ivanka and Jared? That, he’s really worried about. Come on.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Ivanka’s lawyer made it clear that the First Daughter’s email use could not be compared to that of the former Secretary of State.
“To address misinformation being peddled about Ms. Trump’s personal email, she did not create a private server in her house or office, there was never classified information transmitted, the account was never transferred or housed at Trump Organization, no emails were ever deleted, and the emails have been retained in the official account in conformity with records preservation laws and rules,” said Peter Mirijanian.
Put plainly, Ivanka Trump should have known better, considering what the better part of the 2016 campaign was about. But to pretend like this is some huge “she’s just as bad as Hillary” scandal reeks of media misrepresentation and is a demonstration of how ignorant Democrat voters actually are.