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The revelation that Melania Trump regularly used a private Trump Organization email account and an account from a MelaniaTrump.com domain and the encrypted messaging app Signal while in the White House is no surprise. Dispensing with rules about preserving records and hiding communications has been common practice in the Trump White House from the beginning.

And it doesn’t really matter to the functioning of the U.S. government if the first lady doesn’t store her apparently heart- and emoji-flecked messages for posterity while communicating with the small number of people she considers friends — including the now ex-pal, New York fashionista Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who spilled the beans about the private servers in interviews and in her new book, “Melania and Me.”

But it does matter to watchdogs and investigators trying to track millions of dollars that flowed in and out of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, which was spent in part on events that the first lady and Winston Wolkoff were organizing. And it does matter to national security if she shared government information on private servers — as the Trump echo chamber repeated hourly during the 2016 campaign against Hillary Clinton.

For the American public, perhaps, the H-word still matters, too. I don’t mean “Hillary” and her emails, without which Trump would have lost one of his bigger campaign planks. No, I refer to “hypocrisy” — a concept that seems to be less of a character flaw and more of a job requirement in Trumpworld.

Ignoring the Presidential Records Act, which requires occupants of the White House to preserve communications about government business for history, is nothing new for the Trump claque. In fact, it was likely the first law they flouted once inside the White House. Days after the inauguration in January 2017, I was tipped off by a computer expert that high-level staffers had email accounts on a private Republican National Committee email server. I published a story about it and almost immediately fielded a call from a member of the Trump White House, who shouted into the phone that I was “a little fool” and demanded that the article be taken down.

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