The media are going mad about a handful of emails from and to Donald Trump Junior. It’s not clear that the emails are incriminating, although the Democrats and the media are doing everything than can to make them sound incriminating. When the New York Times printed the emails in question, it printed seventeen. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton’s staff destroyed 33,000 emails after they had been subpoenaed by Congress. Hillary’s staff actually ordered that they emails be destroyed before they were subpoenaed, but they were not physically destroyed until after the subpoena had been issued. Hillary claimed the emails were personal, but we will never know because no one who was not working for or with Hillary ever saw them. This is the time line by Politifact:
At the second debate between the two presidential nominees, Trump criticized Clinton for turning over half her emails held on her server to the State Department and deleting the rest. He said Clinton should be “ashamed” of herself for deleting 33,000 emails.
Clinton and her campaign don’t dispute that she deleted these 33,000 emails. They argue that these were personal in nature, rather than work-related, and therefore were not necessary to turn over.
Politifact’s ruling was:
Trump said, “You (Hillary Clinton) get a subpoena, and after getting the subpoena you delete 33,000 emails.”
Clinton’s staff received a subpoena for Benghazi-related emails March 4. An employee managing her server deleted 33,000 of Clinton’s emails three weeks later.
The FBI found no evidence that the emails were deleted deliberately to avoid the subpoena or other requests. Clinton’s team requested for the emails to be deleted months before the subpoena came. They also argued that all the emails that would be relevant to the subpoena had already been turned over to the State Department.
We rate Trump’s claim Half True.
While Trump Junior is being pilloried in the press for seventeen emails, it is useful to remember that Hillary deleted 33,000, and we will never know what they said. Since Hillary was Secretary of State, some of them may have involved conversations with Russians. Sen. Tim Kaine has said that Trump Junior may have committed treason by talking to Russians for a few minutes. Is it not likely that Hillary talked to Russians much more than Trump did, and that she talked about more important subjects, making it more likely that she would have committed treason by Kaine’s standard (not by any real definition of treason). . .