Turley: Ivanka's Use of Private Emails 'Baffling,' But Not on Same Level as Hillary
Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley said Tuesday it's "baffling" that government officials continue to use private emails to conduct official business, especially after the Hillary Clinton scandal in 2015 and 2016.
Ivanka Trump, who serves as a senior adviser in the White House, sent "hundreds" of emails about government business using her personal email, the Washington Post reported Monday night.
In a statement, Trump's lawyer blasted "misinformation" by media critics attempting to draw a parallel between the president's daughter and Clinton.
"To address misinformation being peddled about Ms. Trump’s personal email, she did not create a private server in her house or office, there was never classified information transmitted, the account was never transferred or housed at Trump Organization, no emails were ever deleted, and the emails have been retained in the official account in conformity with records preservation laws and rules," Peter Mirijanian said.
Turley wondered on "America's Newsroom" what it will take for government officials to stop using private emails.
He noted that the Clinton situation was far different, but "at the end of the day you still have to ask 'why?'"
Turley explained that in the case of the former secretary of state, the emails involved classified information and a private server set up by the Clintons, along with questions about her explanations of the server and the contents of messages that were not preserved.
Earlier in the show, Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz called it a "non-issue," since Ivanka Trump's emails were preserved and did not touch on classified information.
He lamented the "partisan bickering" around the issue, where Democrats and Republicans try to criminalize the use of private emails by their opponents.
Watch the clips from "America's Newsroom" above.