Ivanka Trump says ‘Lock her up!’ doesn’t ap­ply in her case

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - NEWS -

WASH­ING­TON — Ivanka Trump de­fended her use of a pri­vate email ac­count as she was mov­ing into an ad­viser’s po­si­tion in her fa­ther’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, say­ing that it can­not be com­pared to the flap over for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton’s pri­vate email server and that “Lock her up!” doesn’t ap­ply to her.

“All of my emails are stored and pre­served. There were no dele­tions,” U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s el­der daugh­ter and ad­viser told ABC News in an in­ter­view broad­cast Wed­nes­day.

The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported this month that Ivanka Trump sent hun­dreds of emails about gov­ern­ment busi­ness from a per­sonal email ac­count last year to White House aides, Cabi­net mem­bers and her as­sis­tant, many in vi­o­la­tion of pub­lic records rules.

“There is no re­stric­tion of us­ing per­sonal email,” she said. “In fact, we’re in­structed that if we re­ceive an email to our per­sonal ac­count that could re­late to gov­ern­ment work, you sim­ply just for­ward it to your gov­ern­ment ac­count so it can be archived.”

Clin­ton used a per­sonal email ac­count linked to a pri­vate server at her home in Chap­paqua, a New York City sub­urb, dur­ing her time as the top U.S. diplo­mat un­der Pres­i­dent Barack Obama. The FBI found clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion in some of the emails that were sent or re­ceived through her pri­vate server.

Don­ald Trump harshly crit­i­cized Clin­ton, his 2016 Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial ri­val, for her use of the pri­vate email server. Trump dubbed her “Crooked Hil­lary” and re­peat­edly said, in­clud­ing to her face, that she be­longed in jail. At his cam­paign ral­lies, chants of “Lock her up!” rang out.

Ivanka Trump was asked by ABC News, “So the idea of ‘Lock her up!’ doesn’t ap­ply to you?” “No,” she replied. Ref­er­enc­ing her fa­ther’s de­nun­ci­a­tions of Clin­ton’s pri­vate email server, she said, “There’s no equiv­a­lency to what my fa­ther’s spo­ken about.”

Clin­ton deleted thou­sands of emails that she and her lawyers de­cided were per­sonal or un­re­lated to her work as sec­re­tary of state be­fore she turned over thou­sands of other emails to fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors. She said she had been un­aware of rules against us­ing pri­vate email to con­duct the pub­lic’s busi­ness and said she never know­ingly emailed clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion.

Repub­li­cans and Democrats on Capi­tol Hill plan to scru­ti­nize Ivanka Trump’s per­sonal email use. The Re­pub­li­can chair­men of Se­nate and House over­sight com­mit­tees — as well as a top House Demo­crat who will be wield­ing a gavel when his party takes power in Jan­uary — have called on the White House to pro­vide more in­for­ma­tion about the email ac­count and the na­ture of her mes­sages.

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