Considering the amount of time and energy President Donald Trump spent railing against Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server on the campaign trail — and from the Oval Office — it is mind boggling that any member of the Trump administration would be caught doing the same.
But another such official was outed this week by The Guardian: former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.
Pruitt becomes the latest official from the Trump administration to allegedly use a non-government email account for official business in spite of President Donald Trump frequently citing similar accusations against Democrat Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.
Pruitt left office in July under pressure over revelations about his spending, travel and an unorthodox condo rental. He used a private email account for work over a period of months, the Guardian said, citing records provided to the Sierra Club, an environmental group. The emails were forwarded to his government account on the day he resigned.
Ivanka Trump, daughter of the president and White House adviser, was also caught using private email to conduct some degree of official business.
The emails were reported in November by the Washington Post after White House officials discovered them while responding to a public records request.
Using personal accounts rather than government email can be a way to shield messages from official records and is also less secure.