Musk: ‘Far Higher Interest’ In Prosecuting Trump
Following the announcement that former President Donald Trump would be facing federal charges related to the alleged handling of classified documents, Twitter owner Elon Musk described what he saw as a “far higher interest in pursuing Trump compared to other people in politics.”
While Musk was not the only prominent public figure to draw such a connection, his viral tweet underlined arguments by many conservatives that the indictment was primarily politically driven.
After the former president announced that he would be indicted, Musk responded quickly.
“Very important that the justice system rebut what appears to be differential enforcement or they will lose public trust,” he wrote.
There does seem to be far higher interest in pursuing Trump compared to other people in politics.
Very important that the justice system rebut what appears to be differential enforcement or they will lose public trust.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 8, 2023
Many conservatives argue that the prosecution of Trump represents a two-tiered federal justice system, with the most common analogy being the retention of approximately 30,000 emails by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Clinton set up an email server in a bathroom closet which allowed her to retain a number of sensitive government emails.
Former FBI Director James Comey held a press conference in July 2016 to describe what was found on the former First Lady’s email server.
He said that Clinton “used several different servers and administrators of those servers during her four years at the State Department, and used numerous mobile devices to view and send email on that personal domain.”
He added that the FBI read all of the emails kept by the former Secretary of State. Comey said that “110 emails in 52 email chains” were classified while “eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information.”
The former director also said that another 2,000 emails were later “up-classified” to make them Confidential. the agency also discovered “several thousand work-related emails that were” not in the original group of 30,000 handed over by Clinton.
He said that the FBI believed that hostile actors “gained access to the private commercial email accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account.”
Comey claimed at the time that Clinton did not attempt to obstruct justice during the probe, though evidence emerged that her staff destroyed a number of important potential pieces of evidence, including with a hammer.