2/23/17 – Email Protocol


The Trump Administration has been in place for a month.  Now, let’s make something clear.

Here’s what’s happening behind the headlines.

Officials in the administration of President Donald Trump should be obeying the Federal Records Act.  This includes properly archiving emails involving official business.

Claims that the State Department gave Hillary Clinton permission to pick and choose which emails to keep on her home-brew email server have no foundation in federal law.  It doesn’t work that way.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson sent sensitive information using private, unsecured email accounts.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used the fake name — Richard Windsor — to apparently hide questionable correspondence from FOIA requests.

Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the IRS scandal targeting conservative and Jewish groups, used several email aliases including one named after her dog.

Some IRS officials used an instant messaging system — similar to Snapchat — that automatically deletes texts moments after they’re read.

It wasn’t just Democrats. Karl Rove, political adviser to President George W. Bush, was caught using private email for White House business.

Federal law is clear. Let’s hope this administration complies with it.

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