Hillary Clinton called the recent revelations that Jared Kushner reportedly used a private email account to conduct government-related business the “height of hypocrisy.”
Clinton, who was dogged by President Donald Trump for her use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state in former President Barack Obama’s administration, made the remarks before it was reported that other members of Trump’s team used private email accounts to conduct government business, including Ivanka Trump, Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, Gary Cohn and Stephen Miller.
“The hypocrisy of this administration—who knew there was no real scandal, who knew there was no basis for all their hyperventilating … Now we’re finding with the latest revelations—they didn’t mean any of it,” Clinton said while speaking with Zerlina Maxwell on SiriusXM. “It’s just the height of hypocrisy. It is something, if they were sincere about, I think you’d have Republican members of Congress calling for an investigation. I haven’t heard that yet.”
Clinton also reflected on her use of a private email server, calling it “a dumb mistake, but a dumber scandal.”
During the 2016 presidential election, Trump focused on Clinton’s use of private emails, encouraging “lock her up!” chants and calling for an investigation into the email use.
“It just goes to the rank hypocrisy that this Trump campaign and now this Trump White House is engaged in,” Clinton said. “In of itself, it’s bothersome, but I worry about what it means for the lives of Americans.”
On Sunday, Politico reported that Kushner used a private email account in addition to his government email account since the transition period after the election. At least two dozen emails had been sent from his personal account, according to the website.
Yesterday the New York Times found that at least six members of Trump’s administration have used private email accounts.
It is not illegal for government officials to use private email accounts, however they must forward work-related messages to their government accounts so they can be archived and preserved.
“All White House personnel have been instructed to use official email to conduct all government-related work,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told ABC News. “They are further instructed that if they receive work-related communication on personal accounts, they should be forwarded to official email accounts.”
You can see all of Clinton’s response to Kushner’s private email account here: