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Fri Mar 13, 2015, 10:28 AM

Trey Gowdy’s Hillary hypocrisy: He’s the last person who should be demanding Clinton’s private email

Trey Gowdy’s Hillary hypocrisy: Why he’s the last person who should be demanding Clinton’s private emails

The Benghazi committee chairman wants a full investigation, but his own email practices are far from transparent

ZAID JILIANI, ALTERNET


Amid the press furor over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton opting to use private email, and not a government email address, some are now raising important questions about if those who are investigating her – such as the chairmen of congressional committees who deal with sensitive information during the course of investigations – are themselves using private email.

Take, for example, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who succeeded Rep .Darrell Issa (R-CA) to be head of the House’s Government Oversight committee. Chaffetz’s business card lists a Gmail address, as shown here by ABC News:



But Chaffetz may not be alone in doing official business with private email. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who heads the House’s Select Committee on Benghazi, is leading the charge in calling for investigations of Clinton’s email.

Yet it’s important to note that Gowdy maintains his own domain treygowdy.com. For example, one campaign contact email he used was info@treygowdy.com. While it’s not unusual to maintain such a thing particularly for campaign work, it’s not clear that Gowdy utilizes this email solely for political campaign work and not congressional tasks. AlterNet asked Gowdy’s office through both a telephone inquiry followed up by an email communication to his press secretary about how he segregates work he conducts through his personal domain vs congressional work. We also inquired about where his personal email server is stored and how it is secured. We also attempted to contact Gowdy campaign manager George Ramsey, but he did not return our phone calls. In 48 hours, the deadline we set, we received no response.

We weren’t the only ones this week to ask Gowdy about his personal email address and fail to receive a response. Correct The Record’s David Brock sent an open letter with the same inquiry:

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Reply Trey Gowdy’s Hillary hypocrisy: He’s the last person who should be demanding Clinton’s private email (Original post)
DonViejo Mar 2015 OP
Cosmic Kitten Mar 2015 #1
leftofcool Mar 2015 #2
Cosmic Kitten Mar 2015 #6
MADem Mar 2015 #3
Cosmic Kitten Mar 2015 #7
MADem Mar 2015 #12
red dog 1 Mar 2015 #4
Hangingon Mar 2015 #5
George II Mar 2015 #8
Hangingon Mar 2015 #11
B Calm Mar 2015 #9
DemocratSinceBirth Mar 2015 #10

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 10:38 AM

1. Rather than point fingers, lets end this BS

There is way too much hubris in Congress.
And that arrogance is not partisan.

Rather than say they did it too...
how about we put a stop to these games.

When you choose to be a public servant
you choose to give up part of your privacy.

Politicians shouldn't get more privileges because
the work for the public, they get MORE scrutiny!

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Response to Cosmic Kitten (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 10:44 AM

2. Absolutely! Lets us here on DU only point fingers at Hillary which has been ongoing for over a week

Should we put a stop to the games now that Trey Gowdy has been outed?

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Response to leftofcool (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 05:28 PM

6. Hillary is using the "they did it too" defense

She brought this on herself,
and is not accepting responsibility.

It's pittiful that she has to resort
to using republicans as her defense.
She knows it was unacceptable when
they did it and chose to follow their example.

Shouldn't a candidate for president hold their self
up to a higher standard than what republicans did?

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Response to Cosmic Kitten (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 01:38 PM

3. No--THIS arrogance IS partisan. How anyone can even suggest any "equivalency" here is ABSURD.

HRC did nothing illegal--the archivist of the US said as much. Yet she has been continually hounded and berated by PARTISAN hacks and ill-meaning assholes like this nitwit who are playing the "Do as I say, not as I do" game. They are being aided by useful tools amongst the citizenry who are either cluelessly or mendaciously giving their bullshit assertions a veracity they simply do not merit. That crap needs to CEASE.

When you choose to be a public servant, you don't agree to be a punching bag for partisan witch hunters who Make Shit Up to suit their agendas.

The point that you're missing here (and going along with) is that the Republicans are INVENTING a "crime" to play a "gotcha" game. I'm so pleased that ALTERNET is playing the "If she's that, then what are you?" game in return.

Pointing fingers is a GOOD thing. That's how you end these bullshit games-by calling people out on their nasty-ass lies.

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Response to MADem (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 05:34 PM

7. Not concerned with the "legality" canard

This was an unforced error on Hilary's part.
She picked the tune she's dancing to, not republicans.

How about we DEMAND all public servants to go above and beyond
skirting rules and engaging in morally ambiguous acts?

If not, Democrats are no better than the republicans we
campaign against.

If this was SoS Lindsey Graham would this be OK?
NO, it would rightfully be an effing outrage!

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Response to Cosmic Kitten (Reply #7)

Sat Mar 14, 2015, 02:50 AM

12. Of course. You don't have to be "concerned," because she did nothing illegal or wrong.

There was no actual error--the "error" is a complete and total fraud, and comes from people who shop this story and play a game that we all know isn't true.

If this was SoS Lindsey Graham and the archivist of the US said the same thing, you know full well that:

1. The NYT would NOT have covered it;

2. The television news would not have mentioned it;

3. Anyone who brought it up would have been told "That dog won't hunt. He didn't do anything illegal."

You're apparently forgetting that she archived her emails. Everything she did was legal and proper.

GW Bush's White House destroyed FIVE MILLION emails. Where was the outrage when that happened? Anyone? Buehler? Hmmmmm? Investigation? "Gate" suffix? ZZZZzzzzzzzzz. There wasn't any of that.

Anyone who continues to play the "false equivalency" card after comparing and constrasting those two events just is not credible to my mind.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 02:40 PM

4. K&R...Thanks for posting, DonViejo

Trey Gowdy and Jason Chaffetz are both nothing but Republican hypocrites!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 03:49 PM

5. Hillary Clinton violated the Federal Records Act.

The use of the private email system placed control of the record outside the government. Executive agency records are the property of the government. There is also the problem of protection of classified materials. Relying on messages sent to agency subordinates to fulfill government custody is not sufficient. While there is a copy, she was responsible for documenting the activities of the Office of the Secretary of State. There is also the matter of avoiding subpoena and FOIA.

The Federal Records Act applies to Executive agencies and not legislative. The records of a representative are the property of the representative. I do not know the rules of the House of Representatives but I suspect they allow private e-mail carriers. Congress routinely exempts themselves from rules they make for others.

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Response to Hangingon (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 09:22 PM

8. No she didn't.

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Response to George II (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 09:30 PM

11. Guess we will see.

I doubt Hillary will do time for violation of the records act.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 09:27 PM

9. Everyone in congress has a private e-mail address, they are not bullshitting no one!

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 09:29 PM

10. Thanks for posting./NT

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