On Friday morning, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton took to Twitter to mock Donald Trump after he was indicted on multiple counts related to the federal investigation into his handling of classified information by promoting merchandise branded with the tagline “BUT HER EMAILS.”
“Bringing this back in light of recent news: Get a limited-edition But Her Emails hat and support @onwardtogether, groups working to strengthen our democracy,” she wrote.
Bringing this back in light of recent news:
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 9, 2023
The “But Her Emails” slogan refers to the scrutiny Clinton faced over her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state. Although the FBI investigated the matter during the 2016 campaign and took no legal action, Clinton believes it played a role in her electoral loss.
“Totally disqualifying.” 2016: Trump buries himself, talking about Hillary Clinton. (Video: NBC) pic.twitter.com/NXeDhDyHVV
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) June 9, 2023
Trump, on the other hand, used news of his indictment to fundraise, accusing Democrats of election interference. This is the second time he has faced indictment within a few months.
He pleaded not guilty in April after being charged by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first degree.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) told Congress in February 2022 that Trump took 15 boxes of presidential records to his personal residence in Florida. NARA recovered the 15 boxes from Mar-a-Lago and “identified items marked as classified national security information within the boxes.” The matter was referred to the Justice Department by NARA.
After Trump failed to turn over additional classified documents, the government conducted the search in response, citing a violation of federal laws: 18 USC 793 — gathering, transmitting or losing defense information; 18 USC 2071 — concealment, removal or mutilation; and 18 USC 1519 — destruction, alteration or falsification of records in federal investigations.
The allegation of “gathering, transmitting or losing defense information” falls under the Espionage Act.