Ex-Watergate prosecutor: Kushner moving email to Trump Org server creates ‘huge potential for criminal conduct’
A former Watergate prosecutor explained the significance of new reports that Donald Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump moved multiple personal email accounts onto the Trump Organization’s private email servers.
“And now a third e-mail account,” MSNBC anchor Ari Melber stated in disbelief.
For people watching saying, ‘gosh, the news is repetitive’ no, the hypocritical obvious and potentially incriminating behavior of certain White House officials is repetitive,” Melber explained.
Former Assistant Special Watergate Prosecutor Nick Akerman explained the legal liability to Melber.
“What is really outrageous here is that…he does it after it comes the light that he is using the personal e-mail servers,” Akerman explained.
“So the obvious question is, why did they move it over to the Trump Organization?” Akerman wondered. “Did they take it over there so they could cleanse these emails and take certain emails out of what was in the server?”
In addition to serving on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force under Archibald Cox and Leon Jaworski, Akerman also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York.
“We just don’t know what the ramifications are, but there’s huge potential for all kinds of criminal conduct that could be charged,” the former federal prosecutor concluded.
Melber, a non-practicing attorney, wondered how special counsel Robert Mueller would view it “if he makes a request for documents and emails and then finds people start moving stuff.”
“That can be an obstruction of justice and particularly if they move them for the purpose of cleansing them and taking documents out and destroying emails,” Akerman noted.
“We don’t know exactly what the facts are here yet, but I can’t think of any legitimate reason why somebody who has private server, is taken to task on that, and suddenly moving to the Trump Organization where there are lots of people who have access to those emails,” Akerman concluded.