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Rachel Maddow Just Showed Everyone In The Country How Bad The Trump Administration Truly Is

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Rachel Maddow calls the developments a national security story, as Politico reports retired, four-star General and current Chief of Staff John Kelly’s personal cell phone was compromised, potentially as long ago as December, according to three U.S. government officials.

John noticed his phone wasn’t working or updating software properly, so he turned it over to tech experts, who made the startling discovery his phone was breached from an outside source. This breach could have serious ramifications.

A security expert told Politico that similar to any other hacked device, whoever gained access to John’s phone could be able to turn on the camera and microphone. This means when he was in meetings with Homeland Security or the White House, the hacker could come along with him, listening to meetings and gathering information.

This isn’t a new development either. According to Politico, the White House issued a memo in September documenting the incident with John’s phone. And thankfully, John has a new phone now.

Rachel stresses the significance of this finding. She says it’s disturbing this security breach could have wormed its way into the White House. To prevent one of these incidents from happening again, the NSA warned the White House to refrain from using personal email.

Rachel also reported that Secret Service personnel were notified they were not allowed to have mobile devices including cell phones, tablets, smart watches, etc. within the entire West Wing. Before entering this area, they must turn off their devices and store them in lockboxes. The memo also stated that there would be a 30-day management period before this policy is fully enforced and that this rule is for personal devices only.

And this won’t only apply to the Secret Service, but to pass holders and their guests visiting the West Wing.

This hasn’t been the only security problem to affect this administration. Both Trump’s daughter Ivanka and Jared Kushner have used private email. The Washington Examiner reported that Congressman Elijah Cummins demanded that Jared keep all government-related business on his private email account. Within a day or two of this request, the USA Today reported that Jared’s personal email was re-routed to the Trump Organization’s computers. In essence, this means data was dumped from Jared and Ivanka’s personal email onto Trump’s company servers, hardly a move that screams transparency, and it’s even richer considering the bee Trump had in his bonnet about Hillary Clinton using a private email server. What goes around, comes around.

Rachel asked Elijah what was the level of concern about these latest developments. “What we are most concerned about is national security. We don’t know what’s in these documents. And within 24 to 48 hours of sending a preservation letter to Mrs. Trump and her husband, they transferred the data to the Trump organization. We don’t have a clue as to these documents say. Why they did this? And what are they appearing to hide? That’s not good enough.”

Elijah’s comments ring true. Trump blasted Hillary for using private emails and now his family members are doing the same. The Chief of Staff notices his phone has been acting weird for months before reporting it to IT. While the move to banning personal devices in the West Wing is a smart one, isn’t it time for Trump’s family to be transparent with their email? Why waste valuable government time with this? And as Elijah speculates, what, if anything, could they be hiding?


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