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Timothy L. O'Brien

Ivanka’s Email Scandal Has a Familiar Moral

It’s that rules are for other people, not the Trumps, a principle that the first daughter has hewed to in her business career.

Who knew it wasn't OK to use a private email account? Hillary who?

Who knew it wasn't OK to use a private email account? Hillary who?

Photographer: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Ivanka Trump used her personal email account last year to handle as many as 100 discussions of official White House matters. If that doesn’t strike you as a rather ironic turn of events, then fine-tune your antennae by looking up any old online video of her father threatening to put Hillary Clinton in jail for using a private email server, calling on Russian hackers to find her missing emails, or praising the FBI for reopening an investigation of the former secretary of state’s “criminal and illegal conduct.”

The Washington Post reported Monday evening that many of those emails, which went to White House aides, federal officials and Ivanka’s assistants, were “in violation of federal records rules” and linked to a private domain — “ijkfamily.com” — that she shared with her husband, Jared Kushner.