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  1. Standard member vivify
    rain
    06 Feb '17 15:59
    http://www.newsweek.com/trump-emails-rnc-reince-priebus-white-house-server-548191

    Senior Trump administration staffers, including Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner, Sean Spicer and Steve Bannon, had until Wednesday active accounts on a Republican National Committee (RNC) email system, Newsweek has learned.

    The system (rnchq.org) is the same one the George W. Bush administration was accused of using to evade transparency rules after claiming to have “lost” 22 million emails.

    Making use of separate political email accounts at the White House is not illegal. In fact, they serve a purpose by allowing staff to divide political conversations (say, arranging for the president to support a congressional re-election campaign) from actual White House work. Commingling politics and state business violates the Hatch Act, which restricts many executive branch employees from engaging in political activity on government time.

    But after then-candidate Donald Trump and the Republicans repeatedly called for “locking up” Hillary Clinton for handling government work with a private server while secretary of state, the new White House staff risks repeating the same mistake that dogged the Democrat’s presidential campaign. They also face a security challenge: The RNC email system, according to U.S. intelligence, was hacked during the 2016 race.

    Since this story was published, the RNC has deleted the emails of Bannon, Kushner and Conway.

    If Trump staffers were using the RNC email addresses, they were subject to the “Disclosure Requirement for Official Business Conducted Using Electronic Messaging Accounts," a law, 44 U.S.C. 2209, that went into effect in 2014. If White House staffers have already used the RNC emails system for White House work, they must copy or forward those communications into the government system within 20 days.

    The Disclosure Requirement was passed to prevent presidents from shielding communications that fall under the Presidential Records Act of 1978. The last time White House staffers used the same RNC email system, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington described it as an attempt to circumvent transparency.
  2. Standard member vivify
    rain
    06 Feb '17 16:00
    Originally posted by vivify
    Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington described it as an attempt to circumvent transparency.
    Remember only one month ago, Republicans voted to eliminate the department of Ethics from Congress?
  3. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Poor Filipov :,(
    06 Feb '17 16:01
    Trump's administration is very leaky.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-aides-distrust-confusion-leaks-234550
  4. 06 Feb '17 16:37
    As long as they have the good Hillary Norton anti-spyware everything should be OK.
  5. 06 Feb '17 17:41
    lock'em up
  6. 06 Feb '17 17:41 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by whodey
    As long as they have the good Hillary Norton anti-spyware everything should be OK.
    hypocrisy looks sexy on you. makes me wanna grab you by the pussy
  7. 06 Feb '17 17:43 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Zahlanzi
    lock'em up
    Hillary first

    See, the precedent has been set, no one can go to jail for it ever again.

    They can even run for President!
  8. 06 Feb '17 17:44
    Originally posted by Zahlanzi
    hypocrisy looks sexy on you. makes me wanna grab you by the pussy
    If you want a date go to the General forum.
  9. Standard member vivify
    rain
    06 Feb '17 18:15
    Originally posted by whodey
    Hillary first

    See, the precedent has been set, no one can go to jail for it ever again.

    They can even run for President!
    Just remember, Bush set that precedent when he "lost" 22 MILLION emails while being accused of cover-ups.

    Thank you GOP, you made Hillary possible.
  10. Standard member shavixmir
    Guppy poo
    06 Feb '17 18:24
    As if the Trump presidency isn't funny enough, now it's got sarcastic amounts of irony stuck to it as well.

    God damn.
    Life is good.
  11. 06 Feb '17 18:27
    If it was Obama in office all the lefties would be saying, that's what politicians do...

    I say, force them off the private servers and put them in jail if they do not comply. That's holding up the law much more than they did for Hillary.
  12. 06 Feb '17 19:24
    Originally posted by Eladar
    If it was Obama in office all the lefties would be saying, that's what politicians do...

    I say, force them off the private servers and put them in jail if they do not comply. That's holding up the law much more than they did for Hillary.
    Why do they even bother using e-mails anymore?

    It is outdated and largely unusable, unless you don't mind the world reading them.
  13. Standard member checkbaiter
    By God's Grace
    06 Feb '17 20:06
    This administration is green and new. I believe it is already being corrected. But like so many lefties, they can't wait to pounce.
  14. Standard member vivify
    rain
    06 Feb '17 20:11 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by checkbaiter
    This administration is green and new. I believe it is already being corrected. But like so many lefties, they can't wait to pounce.
    "Green" and "New"?

    This is NOT a "new" issue for this administration. Practically half of Trump's entire campaign has been about Hillary needs to be locked up for private email server; so what excuse does this administration have for employing the same practices Trump claimed Hillary should be "locked up" for?

    The answer: none. Hypocrisy is not an excuse.

    As far as "being corrected", that's only AFTER this story came out exposing them.
  15. Subscriber FreakyKBH
    Acquired Taste...
    06 Feb '17 20:25
    Originally posted by whodey
    Why do they even bother using e-mails anymore?

    It is outdated and largely unusable, unless you don't mind the world reading them.
    There was a plan to start using the chem trails, but the translators kept dying of undisclosed human cancers.