Published: Sat, September 30, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

White House probing use of private email

White House probing use of private email

"The committee was so informed when documents were produced and there is no issue here".

Politico reported on Sunday that President Trump's son-in-law and top advisor Jared Kushner used a private email account to conduct government business from the White House for around eight months of Trump's presidency. The person familiar with the matter said that emails Kushner had sent from a private account had already been reviewed, and there was no relevant material that needed to be turned over to congressional investigators.

As a candidate, Trump routinely attacked his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, telling supporters "she has to go to jail" over the affair. Under the Presidential Records Act, White House correspondence including email is required to be archived.

"The media glare turned back on the couple earlier this week, when the chair and vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee expressed concern that Kushner had failed to disclose his use of a private email account for White House business and that he did not turn over documents from that account to the committee", Politico noted. They also demanded details on any use of text messaging and encryption software. Fewer than a hundred emails from January through August were either sent to or returned by Mr. Kushner to colleagues in the White House from his personal email account.

Mr. Kushner uses his White House email address to conduct White House business. Forwarding emails from personal accounts to work accounts could introduce malware into government systems.

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Ivanka Trump also used a personal email account to conduct White House business, according to emails released by the advocacy group American Oversight. "These usually forwarded news articles or political commentary and most often occurred when someone initiated the exchange by sending an e-mail to his personal rather than his White House address", Abbe Lowell, his attorney, said in a statement. In total, six senior aides within President Trump's administration are reported to have used private emails during their time at the White House.

"It is perfectly normal that the committees would want to make sure that they received all pertinent records".

NSA officials told White House officials that using personal email or personal devices could compromise sensitive information.

But the difference between Clinton's private email use and that of Trump administration officials appears to be Clinton's use of a private server while discussing matters of national security, which the Washington Post's Aaron Blake points out.

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