Fox News senior legal analyst Andrew Napolitano argued today that on January 3rd of 2019, when the House is officially controlled by Democrats once again, Ivanka Trump will be exposed to a “charge of espionage” because she used her private email account to send and receive government emails.
Napolitano made a reasonable prediction based off the facts surrounding Ivanka Trump’s improper use of private email to conduct government communication. He first said that if any of the government emails Ivanka sent over her private email account contained classified information, she could be charged with espionage.
“Where the issue may come up is, did she discuss and did she read, write, or converse about anything that was classified? Question: Is the president’s calendar classified? The answer is yes. I don’t know what’s in there, but if any of it is classified, she could be exposed to a charge for espionage,” Napolitano said today.
Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner tried to push back and clarify on how something like Donald Trump’s calendar could get Ivanka in trouble by asking, “The president’s calendar is classified? But the media finds out what is on that calendar every day.” Napolitano answered and explained the example of the calendar being a classification issue because, “they choose to tell what they want us to know, but the rest of it is classified, as is the secretary of State’s.”
Napolitano is just using the calendar as an example of how someone like Ivanka Trump could have committed crimes because she claimed she had no idea what the rules were for sending and receiving government email with a private account. She is pleading ignorance with something that can get you charged with crimes for being ignorant of the rules.
Ivanka made an appearance on ABC News in an interview broadcast today in which she tried to defend her improper use of email with distraction. She tried to distract from the fact that she did anything wrong and tried to make it seem like it was no big deal by comparing it to Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.
White House aides were “startled” by the volume of Ivanka Trump’s personal emails being mixed with government emails and were surprised that when she was initially confronted about it, she said she was “not familiar with some details of the rules.” Someone as foolish as Ivanka certainly could be exposed a charge like Napolitano is arguing, especially since top Democrats have promised to investigate the entire Trump administration’s email use once they control the House in January.
Ivanka was asked by ABC News about the obvious hypocrisy of Donald Trump attacking Hillary Clinton over email when it’s obvious that Ivanka did the exact same thing. “Well, there really is no equivalency. All of my emails that relate to any form of government work which was mainly scheduling and logistics and managing the fact that I have a home life and a work life are all part of the public record. They’re all stored on the White House system so everything has been preserved. Everything has been archived. There just is no equivalency between the two,” Ivanka answered.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 28, 2018