Apparently Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, whose ties to Hillary Clinton go back decades, apparently learned from her how to use personal emails to cover things up.
Emanuel revealed on Wednesday he utilized personal email accounts to conduct public business, permitting him to hide some of his government correspondence from the public.
The Better Government Association filed a suit against Emanuel in October 2015 over a Freedom of Information Act request seeking official emails he sent from a nongovernment account. The settlement entailed Emanuel releasing his emails. Roughly two weeks ago, as the Chicago Tribune reported, The Tribune
. . . won a round in its ongoing lawsuit alleging the mayor violated the state’s open records laws by refusing to release communications about city business Emanuel conducted through emails and text messages. On Dec. 9, a judge ordered Emanuel to produce an index of certain emails and text messages the mayor sent and received on personal devices, giving him until Jan. 27 to comply.
Emanuel wound up releasing roughly 2,700 pages of emails. Those emails, as the Tribune stated, reveal that “Chicago’s top power brokers, including a handful of aldermen, knew they could reach Emanuel through his personal rahmemail.com address.”
The Tribune reported Emanuel registered his own personal email domain, rahmemail.com, on May 16, 2011. The day he was inaugurated as Chicago’s mayor.
Last month, Emanuel repeatedly refused to say whether he used his personal email to conduct government business.
Emanuel routinely used his personal email to communicate with power brokers, including hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin and Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.
Emanuel served as Bill Clinton’s finance director for his first presidential campaign, then served as political director and senior adviser to Clinton until leaving the White House in 1998. Emanuel supported Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in 2015-16; holding fundraisers for Ms. Clinton as early as 2014. She defended him after there were calls for his resignation, saying, “He loves Chicago and I’m confident that he’s going to do everything he can to get to the bottom of these issues and take whatever measures are necessary to remedy them.” He held fundraisers for Ms. Clinton as early as 2014.