Melania Trump regularly used private email accounts for First Lady work

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When I first began reading some of the quotes and excerpts from Stephanie Winston Wolkoff’s Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship With the First Lady, I thought it was just going to be some grasping, tacky tell-all from someone who was barely involved with the Trumps. But then I read Vanity Fair’s interview with Wolkoff, and I get why Melania and her people are freaking out. Wolkoff kept EVERYTHING. She saved all of her emails and texts from Melania, from their pre-White House friendship to their work together in the White House. She also began taping Melania when the sh-t hit the fan. So here we are. Did you know that Melania used a private email account in the White House? BUT HER EMAILS!

Melania Trump regularly used a private Trump Organization email account, an email from a domain, iMessage and the encrypted messaging app, Signal, while in the White House, according to her former senior adviser and close friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who says she corresponded multiple times a day with the first lady. “Melania and I both didn’t use White House emails,” says Winston Wolkoff, in an interview with The Washington Post, upon the publication of her tell-all memoir, “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady.”

The Post has viewed messages dated after the inauguration that appear to be from private email and messaging accounts used by Melania Trump. The messages contained discussions of government hires and contracts (including Winston Wolkoff’s), detailed schedules for the president and first lady during the Israeli and Japanese state visits, strategic partnerships for the first lady’s Be Best initiative, the logistics of the Easter egg roll, and finances for the presidential inauguration, key parts of which Winston Wolkoff, an experienced New York City events producer, planned.

Members of the Trump administration have already faced scrutiny for using private email. The House Oversight Committee last year began looking into the use of private accounts for government business by Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross also has used private email to conduct government business. Donald Trump spent much of the 2016 election cycle drawing attention to the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state, calling it “worse than Watergate.”

Melania Trump’s email habits have not been previously reported and are not described in Winston Wolkoff’s book. She told The Post she left it out of the book because she “just had so much” to write about and was concentrating on telling the story of her personal interactions with the first lady and others in the White House. She says she decided to discuss the first lady’s personal email use — along with recordings she made of her conversations with Melania — with The Post after the White House attacked her integrity in response to the book.

[From WaPo]

I mean, the fact that Melania, Ivanka and a slew of other White House staffers use private email to conduct government business is unsurprising. It’s also not the end of the f–king world, because it was not the end of the f–king world with Hillary Clinton either. So I expect journalists and politicians and commentators to treat this private email use with the same thoughtful, nuanced arguments they used against Hillary.

Meanwhile, I’m still cracking up at how bad Stephanie Grisham is at her job as Melania’s spokesperson/communications guru. Grisham released another awful statement about Wolkoff, saying: “Literally everyone she worked with was an obstacle in her mind, people she belittled and blamed for everything. This is a deeply insecure woman whose need to be relevant defies logic.” Mel is really freaking, huh.

And Wolkoff was interviewed by Rachel Maddow last night. She confirmed the fact that she’d been taping Melania in the final months of their working relationship.

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  1. Izzy says:

    They can deny all they want, but this woman saved all the receipts.

    • Dilettante says:

      Does anyone have an ID on that dusty rose suit jacket in the photos?

    • Sarah says:

      Not that this will change the mind of any of their cult following but it needs to be out in the daylight for all to see.

    • Tursitops says:

      SWW’s account would be much more compelling if she were more articulate. “Melania and I both didn’t use White House emails,” – no, “Neither Melania nor I used WH email accounts”. In interviews she references events that seem to be clear in her head but are not obvious to the viewer. It appears that she has the receipts but doesn’t know how to organize or describe them. Then again, she worked in the WH under this administration so basic communication skills were not a job requirement.

  2. Nev says:

    Don’t be silly…..

  3. Lightpurple says:

    The Secret Service must be thrilled to know she was sharing travel plans to Israel and Europe on Messenger, which is constantly hacked.

    • lucy2 says:

      But her emails!!!! people still scream as we, as a nation, are drowning in his incompetence and hate.

      That first photo…Melania’s really getting the face she deserves, huh? She’s really starting to look like her husband.

  4. MrsRobinson says:

    Sounds like she pulled punches by not including things in the book. Wonder what else she has up her sleeve.
    A profile in NY mag makes her seem… eccentric at best.

  5. Dutch says:


  6. Nicole says:

    Watched her interview on Rachel Maddow last night. I ain’t mad at her. She lost her reputation, and if you’re remotely professional, that matters.

    • lucy2 says:

      I don’t blame her for cashing in on a book deal and all, considering they made her the scapegoat for one of the many, many crimes, but really, her reputation was trashed the minute she signed on to work for that White House.

    • Jellybean says:

      I watched it too. She came across as a regular woman who was surrounded by absolute scumbags. I doubt working with her was a political decision, a business opportunity certainly, but mainly working with and supporting her old friend. It looks like most of the people involved in the inauguration will be indited. I think I am right in saying that, on top of illegal foreign involvement, somewhere between $40M and $80M has gone missing and it had nothing to do with her, but she was the one who was sacked and dragged through the press. I don’t blame her for writing the book. she has a right to try and clear her name and she shouldn’t have to wait for the glacial rate at which the legal system in America seems to work, at least when it involves Trump and his friends.

    • holly hobby says:

      Her livelihood too. From what I read she was a successful event planner. They sold her off the boat for sure. She should spill it all.

  7. KellyRyan says:

    Drumpf was told to give up is phone because it was unsecured. He refused. This family, administration does whatever they want to do. No consequences for actions, why change.

  8. Jerusha says:

    Lock her up!!! No, seriously, lock her and every member of the #trumpcrimefamily up and throw away the key.

  9. Rapunzel says:

    Release the tapes!

  10. Vava says:

    Melania Trump is the worst first lady our country has had in recent memory. I didn’t like Nancy Reagan, but even she didn’t stoop to this level. Mel is complete TRASH.
    I think she looks like Caitlyn Jenner and I find that rather amusing.

  11. Miranda says:

    …WHAT First Lady work? What the hell has she done, apart from confusing Christmas for Halloween, snarking at immigrant kids via outerwear, and fucking up Jackie’s garden?

    • smlstrs says:

      … well I mean, she also stopped totally stopped online bullying and… built a tennis pavilion … ?


      (We’re done with the not drinking before noon thing, right?)

      • Tursitops says:

        Vegas rules, which means that a.m. stands for alcohol * maintenant* or you could go with alcohol makesitbetter.

  12. Heat says:

    Is anybody else’s world frighteningly rocked by the fact that Melania Trump is involved with government hiring processes and budgets?
    Like, I felt a lot more comfortable thinking that she was locked up in her gilded cage in NYC doing absolutely nothing but charging up her fembot batteries.

  13. Valerie says:

    Now we can talk about HER emails as rabidly as the right did Hillary’s.