Jared Kushner and several other White House staffers using private email servers is deeply hypocritical after Trump’s campaign went after Hillary Clinton for doing that very same thing, writes David A. Graham of The Atlantic. It is worrying as this behavior indicates that they were trying to avoid their messages becoming known to the public. Doing so in the wake of the Clinton email scandal is particularly questionable as they must have known of the risks, in terms of security as well as publicity. If Kushner weren’t part of Trump’s family he would likely already have been fired. This arrogance and secrecy is deeply troubling.
The Trump team using private email servers is far less wrong than what Hillary Clinton did. Comparing the two is making a false equivalence, holds Aaron Blake of the Washington Post. Clinton’s misdeed was to use her private server exclusively, while discussing matters of national security, risking classified information falling into the wrong hands. She was extremely careless and made the situation worse by trying to cover it up. Kushner & co’s actions were wrong, but not to this extent. They were highly unlikely to be dealing with matters of such high sensitivity. This may be hypocritical, but it is far from a national scandal.