President Donald Trump defended his oldest daughter Ivanka Trump’s usage of her personal email for government business by basically telling reporters “but her emails” on Tuesday.
Outside of the White House, Trump said “Ivanka did some emails” before mentioning former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton five times in a span of roughly 40 seconds.
The president claimed the usage of private email by Clinton, his Democratic opponent in an election that ended over two years ago, was “the real story” after being asked about his daughter’s email practices, which were apparently similar to to the then-Republican nominee’s constant criticisms of the former First Lady.
Despite the president’s claims, the FBI concluded that Clinton didn’t lie about her emails and her personal server wasn’t compromised. An Inspector General investigation also found that former FBI director James Comey violated Justice Department policy, “damaging the law enforcement agencies’ image of impartiality,” during the investigation of Clinton’s supposed email scandal that dominated coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump said he looked at the reports regarding his daughter’s illegal email usage “just very briefly.” In what is sure to be a coincidence, the topic was also covered very briefly by Fox News, which made Clinton’s emails the focus of the 2016 race.
Mediaite noticed Ivanka’s emails only received 25 seconds of mention on Tuesday’s edition of Fox & Friends, Trump’s favorite morning “news” source, with almost all of that time devoted to reading a statement from her lawyer.
In addition to Trump’s daughter, private email accounts have also been used by White House adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, former White House adviser Stephen Bannon, White House adviser Stephen Miller, former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, and former White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn.