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WATCH: Mark Meadows Compares Clinton’s Emails To Trump’s Flushed Documents — But Dodges Big Facts

WATCH: Mark Meadows Compares Clinton’s Emails To Trump’s Flushed Documents — But Dodges Big Facts

Donald Trump spent his 2016 campaign railing against Hillary Clinton over emails but now that he’s facing an investigation over improper handling of documents, including allegedly destroying documents that should have been preserved in the National Archives, his allies are lining up to make excuses for him.

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Here’s Mark Meadows, appearing on Newsmax, where he discusses Trump’s removal of documents, including some that might be considered classified information, from the White House, as well as allegations that he shredded, flushed, or even ate documents that should have been preserved for the record. Meadows asserts that this doesn’t at all compare to the Clinton email scandal, since, in Clinton’s case, there was an investigation and subpoenas were issued.

Presumably, Meadows has not forgotten that he himself has been subpoenaed by the January 6th Committee, not specifically in the case of missing or mishandled documents but in the overarching case that led to the subpoena of documents that in turn led to the revelation of potential wrongdoing, but he doesn’t mention it here.

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He’s also speaking early in the process — while it’s true that the Clinton email server and handling of communications was under investigation throughout 2015 and 2016, the legal process can be slow. CNN‘s timeline shows that the State Department requested documents from Clinton in 2014, and she and her staff turned over 55,000 pages. It wasn’t until March of the next year that a House Committee issued the first subpoena for Benghazi-related emails.

While there are multiple ways that the Justice Department might handle the Trump investigation, including passing on it entirely, at this point it’s really in the pre-investigation stage. The Washington Post reported only yesterday that the National Archives had requested that the DOJ investigate — depending on their response, subpoenas could absolutely still be in the (possibly near) future.

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