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The Trump White House Hid Election Interference Documents On A Secret Computer System In Irony Of All Ironies

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Earlier this week, the White House released a rough transcript of a phone conversation between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky showing that Trump pressured Zelensky to investigate Trump's political rival and possible 2020 presidential opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.


Days later, the contents of a whistleblower complaint describing the call also detailed the White House's efforts to cover up the word-for-word transcript and other details of the call by removing them from the White House's main digital network and loading them onto a "standalone computer system" with greater security classification—or, rather, a private server.

The White House has since confirmed they did use the secret server.

If you're wondering why that's ironic, here's a refresher.



Trump has called former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server "bigger than Watergate," and made the years-old scandal a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign.

This week's whistleblower complaint asserts that the White House, on more than one occasion, put the President's conversations on the secret computer system:

"White House officials told me that they were "directed" by White House lawyers to remove the electronic transcript from the computer system in which such transcripts are typically stored for coordination, finalization, and distribution to Cabinet-level officials."
"Instead, the transcript was loaded into a separate electronic system that is otherwise used to store and handle classified information of an especially sensitive nature. One White House official described this act as an abuse of this electronic system because the call did not contain anything remotely sensitive from a national security perspective."

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I mean, come on.





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