Sunday, March 5, 2017

The New DNC Chair Had a Hillary Clinton-Esque Email Scandal

Democrats and members of the media have seized on a Thursday report that Vice President Mike Pence used a personal email account while serving as Indiana's governor, attempting to brand Pence as a hypocrite for attacking Hillary Clinton's use of an unsecured private email server throughout the campaign.

Longtime Clinton adviser Paul Begala said that he was "sickened" by the "staggering" hypocrisy, and reporters took time to ask whether he has gained any "sympathy" for the way that Clinton dealt with her emails.

Pence said that there was "no comparison whatsoever" between what he did and what Clinton did. His office has called the attempt to compare his email use to Clinton's as "absurd," noting that it was legal for him to use the account, that he was using a commercial AOL account rather than a private server, and that he was not handling classified information.

A more apt comparison to Clinton would be to the newly elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez, who as a lawyer at President Obama's Department of Justice frequently used his personal email account to conduct agency business.

Congressional investigators found that Perez used his personal email account to conduct DOJ business 1,200 times since 2009, and the department conceded in a letter to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that Perez had committed at least 34 violations of the Federal Records Act.

The investigation concluded that Perez "likely violated both the spirit and letter of the Federal Records Act."

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