Trump is now in hot water for mishandling classified information, because of course he is
Trump’s two obsessions — records retention and low-flow toilets — finally meet.
It can be easy to forget, given all we’ve endured since then, but Hillary Clinton’s emails — and in particular the revelation that she wrote 104 of them on a private server while she was secretary of state — were the dominant news story of the 2016 campaign. One analysis found that the New York Times covered EMAILS more over a one-week stretch than they did all policy issues combined during the final two months before that fateful Election Day.
It was a huge boon to Trump, of course, who accused Clinton of trying to “destroy evidence,” and his harping on the scandal spawned the “lock her up!” chants that are still his bread and butter at his rallies.
Hillary’s email scandal turned out to be (mostly) a nothingburger. The State Department quietly concluded in 2019 that Clinton didn’t intentionally mishandle classified information. But, by then, the damage had been done and Trump was in the White House.
Now, if to emphasize how his supposed concern about Clinton’s records retention was a crock of BS, Trump himself is in hot water for mishandling classified information in apparently egregious fashion.
I briefly mentioned yesterday a New York Times story about how Trump recently handed over to the National Archives “15 boxes of documents, letters, gifts and mementos that he had taken with him when leaving office but that he had been legally required to leave in the custody of the federal government, officials said on Monday.” Well, according to a follow up report from the Times, some of those documents contained classified information, and the DOJ may end up involved.