“After winning the 2016 presidential election in no small part because of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, it’s now brought to my attention that the hand-picked leader of my Election Integrity Commission is using a private email account to conduct business,” Trump said at a press briefing today. “That’s not right. That’s why I’m demanding Kris Kobach immediately stop using his private email account for this important business and instead start using an official government account. Further, I’m demanding that he turn over all of the emails he’s sent and received so far to authorities.”Trump also called out his own vice president, Mike Pence, who is the chair of the commission, for also using a private email account while he was governor of Indiana. “Mike, we have to take the high road here,” said Trump. “I can’t be calling for Hillary Clinton to be put in jail for using private email if my own vice president did it when he was governing his state, can I? Of course not. That wouldn’t be right.”
Trump said he’s disappointed in Kobach, who is the secretary of state of Kansas and is expected to run for governor. “I was very successful in making Clinton look like she was doing nefarious things by using private email,” he said. “Your use of private email makes it look like you’re doing nefarious things. We can’t have that, can we?”
Kobach’s commission has been mired in controversy since it was created because experts have said incidences of illegal voting are practically nonexistent and that the commission is just a cover for efforts to suppress voter turnout by minorities and low-income people by imposing burdensome requirements on them.
Trump critics praised the president for taking a clear stand against Kobach’s use of private email. “I applaud President Trump for calling out this hypocrisy,” says Melinda Barnes, president of the American Civil Liberties Union. “The president is doing the right thing.”
In other news, leaders from around the world praised President Trump for his thoughtful, balanced speech at the opening session of the United Nation’s General Assembly this week, critics praised Republican Senate leaders for saying no to a last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare and insisting on a return to regular order to find a bipartisan way to improve health insurance, and climate-change skeptics agreed the alarming increase in destructive hurricanes is probably an indication that the oceans are warming and it’s time to stop pretending otherwise.
Also, scientists have discovered that dogs are smarter than people, cats are more huggable and likable than dogs, and guinea pigs make the best pets because they have more personality than dogs and cats combined.
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Vice President Mike Pence, amidst revelations that he used a personal email account to conduct official business when he was governor of Indiana, said what he did was different from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email when she was secretary of state. “What Hillary Clinton did was a clear violation of law and a threat to national security while my use of personal email was a smart and necessary action that benefitted the people of Indiana,” Pence said in a statement released today. Pence’s use of a personal AOL email account was revealed yesterday in a report by The Indianapolis Star. More.
President Donald Trump, who took a national security briefing on North Korea last week while dining in a public restaurant at his Mar-a-Lago restaurant, tweeted on an unsecured phone today that Americans shouldn’t forget about Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server while she was secretary of state. “I let her off the hook, but we shouldn’t forget how she risked national security with her emails,” Trump tweeted from his iPhone 7. In another tweet, Trump said he might have his Department of Justice take a look at what she did, even though he had said after the election he would let the matter drop, because “Russians, others could have hacked her like they did the DNC.” More.
President Donald Trump, on the defensive for staff contacts with the Russian government before he was sworn in as president, said the only scandal is the unsecured server Hillary Clinton used as secretary of state when Barack Obama was president. “You have 30,000 emails that could have been compromised because of Hillary Clinton’s illegal use of a private server,” said Trump, who continues to use an unsecured phone for conversations and tweeting and who has taken national security briefings in public locations, including the main dining room at his Mar-a-Lago resort. “We must get to the bottom of her use of a private server when she was communicating with foreign leaders.” To that end, he is directing the Department of Justice to open up an investigation into what Clinton did, and didn’t do, with her server. “Nothing less than our national security is at stake,” he said. More.
FBI Director James Comey said he’s shocked Republicans are using his vague and cryptic letter to lawmakers about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s emails to fuel their theories of a massive criminal coverup. “I just can’t believe people are seizing on my mysterious, innuendo-laden letter to rile up Republicans who are disposed to mistrust Hillary Clinton,” Comey said in a statement today. “It never occurred to me that I would give fodder to conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton by saying I was reopening the investigation of her even though I don’t know what’s in the emails we discovered.” Comey, a Republican appointed by President Obama in 2013 in a show of bipartisanship, said he’s “a little shaken up” that Clinton critics are “making a big deal about this” and using it to reinforce their belief Clinton “is a criminal who is trying to become president” by rigging the election. More.
Alex Jones, the far-right conspirator who has used his show, Infowars, to stoke mistrust in Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, said on his radio show this morning there’s probably nothing of interest in the the emails found on devices belonging to Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her estranged husband, disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner. “It would be nice to sit here and say these emails will finally explode the presidential campaign of crooked Hillary Clinton, but they probably don’t amount to anything,” said Jones, an influential voice in the so-called “Alt-Right” fringe movement. “I think a lot of the emails are duplicates of what the FBI has already looked at in its investigation of whether Clinton criminally mishandled classified emails while she was secretary of state. More.