The Republican Party—or more specifically the Trump White House—is being called out again for hypocrisy. Members of the administration of President Donald Trump used unsecured devices, private servers and even public social media channels to conduct official government business.
However throughout the Trump 2016 presidential campaign, allegations against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton abounded regarding similar activity. Chants of "lock her up" over emails that were thoroughly investigated by a Republican led Congress and several federal agencies were prevalent during Trump MAGA rallies and still pop up today.
Clinton was cleared of any criminal activity related to using a personal email server. The refrain "but her emails" transformed into a response to the latest Trump scandal or unpopular presidential action&a rebuke against those who railed against Clinton as unfit to be President due to her emails.
Now former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley's unsecured device usage and emails are under scrutiny.
For those playing the home game: @NikkiHaley becomes the 8th member of the Trump Administration to have been found… https://t.co/Zps6kwGJbs— Grady Keefe (@Grady Keefe)1574255725.0
In 2017 while serving as a member of the Trump administration, Haley sent confidential information in emails on an unsecured device. Something Clinton did not do.
According to reports, Haley lost her secured communications password. In July 2017, the former UN Ambassador opted to send confidential information over a device and through a channel designated for unclassified material only.
The violation of security protocols and the reason—a lost password for the secure network—was discovered by watchdog organization American Oversight through a freedom of information request (FOIA).
NEW: Shortly after North Korea tested a missile, Nikki Haley, former ambassador to the United Nations, sent classif… https://t.co/UL7eemBWLb— American Oversight (@American Oversight)1574258139.0
This is a major security concern. Haley and her team were discussing a North Korean missile launch using an unclass… https://t.co/0crfeOqu9M— American Oversight (@American Oversight)1574261613.0
That's not all these documents can tell us. Just days after the North Korean missile test, Haley arranged to share… https://t.co/DvorlFfEFz— American Oversight (@American Oversight)1574264423.0
People are demanding equal treatment for members of the Trump administration that the GOP demanded of members of the Obama administration—members that did not actually violate security protocols.
@weareoversight This is, to put it mildly, cray cray. Haley and all Trump appointees are irresponsible and dangerou… https://t.co/we2hRxf55h— Young Crone (@Young Crone)1574286020.0
@weareoversight A Blackberry device too. The hypocrisy is almost absurd— Presi_Dunce 🍊Twit (@Presi_Dunce 🍊Twit)1574258277.0
While she was Trump's ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley sent classified information over an unsecured e… https://t.co/odDsIcNQh9— Middle Age Riot (@Middle Age Riot)1574260938.0
@KimZetter @EliotHiggins Again, this is a felony. Not being able to find your password is no excuse. But the law on… https://t.co/zk0rMkTcoQ— HughMintHumint (@HughMintHumint)1574270005.0
@KimZetter Wow. I guess the "But her emails" crowd will now want to #LockHerUp— Marija is looking forward to 2020 (@Marija is looking forward to 2020)1574272838.0
@Lumi_nation @KimZetter The OTT hypocrisy is just surreal, like comic book level.— klia (@klia)1574272994.0
@KimZetter @blakehounshell Where’s the “lock her up!” crowd???— Chanda Miranda (@Chanda Miranda)1574265214.0
What exactly Haley shared is unclear beyond the fact it is definitely confidential or higher security information. Large portions are blacked out and marked exempt from FOIA due to information "including the B1 category: classified national defense and foreign relations information; 1.4(B) foreign government information; and 1.4(D) foreign relations or foreign activities of the United States, including confidential sources."
According to the documents, Haley sent or forwarded several messages that included material redacted under FOIA exe… https://t.co/MJcnQblLUS— American Oversight (@American Oversight)1574262502.0
The calls for a full investigation of Haley's email and unsecured device usage and outrage from the GOP—who continue to be vocal about former Secretary Clinton's emails each time they need a diversion from the impeachment inquiry or other ongoing investigations into the Trump administration—has thus far been non-existent.
President Trump and his team have been obsessed with State Dept. officials' email security for years. And we're sti… https://t.co/y47p24Mwj5— American Oversight (@American Oversight)1574263621.0
And no one is holding their breath waiting for an investigation into the other 7 members of the Trump administration cited for similar security violations.