This past summer, Republicans were fond of saying Hillary Clinton ought to be “locked up” because she endangered national security using a home-brew email server during her tenure as Secretary of State.
Now Newsweek reports
that several members of the Trump administration are going to be using
private Republican National Committee email accounts while serving in
the White House.
This is an issue, the publication notes, because U.S. intelligence
agencies claim that “the RNC email system… was hacked during the 2016
Included among the administration officials who have RNC email
accounts are Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner, Sean Spicer and Steve
“They better be careful after making such a huge ruckus over the
private email over at the State Department,” former Bush administration
ethics attorney Richard Painter tells Newsweek.
While it isn’t illegal for the administration officials to use the
RNC’s private email, they are prohibited from using those accounts to
conduct government-related business without properly disclosing them.
“If White House staffers have already used the RNC emails system for
White House work, they must copy or forward those communications into
the government system within 20 days,” Newsweek writes of
disclosure requirements that went into effect in 2014. “The Disclosure
Requirement was passed to prevent presidents from shielding
communications that fall under the Presidential Records Act of 1978.”