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Ivanka Trump Used Personal Account for Emails About Government Business
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49570"><span class="small">Kate Sullivan, CNN</span></a>   
Tuesday, 20 November 2018 09:27

Sullivan writes: "Ivanka Trump last year used a personal email account to discuss or relay official White House business, according to emails released by a nonpartisan watchdog group."

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. (photo: AP)
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. (photo: AP)

Ivanka Trump Used Personal Account for Emails About Government Business

By Kate Sullivan, CNN

20 November 18


vanka Trump last year used a personal email account to discuss or relay official White House business, according to emails released by a nonpartisan watchdog group.

The Washington Post reported Monday the White House conducted an investigation into Trump's email usage and that she used her personal email address for much of 2017.

According to emails released by the watchdog group, American Oversight, Trump used her personal account to email Cabinet officials, White House aides and assistants. The Presidential Records Act requires all official White House communications and records be preserved.

Austin Evers, the executive director of American Oversight, said in a statement, "The president's family is not above the law, and there are serious questions that Congress should immediately investigate. Did Ivanka Trump turn over all of her emails for preservation as required by law? Was she sending classified information over a private system?"

The White House had no comment on Ivanka Trump's email practices.

Trump's usage of a private email account will bring comparisons to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose usage of a private email server instead of a government email account during her time in office was a central part of President Donald Trump's campaign against her in 2016. Trump's supporters often chanted -- and still do, on occasion -- "Lock her up!" at the mention of Clinton, and President Donald Trump has frequently accused Clinton of receiving special treatment because she was not charged for skirting the Presidential Records Act with her email practices.

The Post reported Ivanka Trump's attorney, Abbe Lowell, forwarded all the emails he believed were related to official government business to her government email account. Lowell believed that would rectify any violations of records law.

Peter Mirijanian, the spokesperson for Lowell and ethics counsel for Ivanka Trump, said in a statement, "Like most people, before entering into government service, Ms. Trump used a private email. When she entered the government, she was given a government email account for official use. While transitioning into government, until the White House provided her the same guidance they had to others who started before she did, Ms. Trump sometimes used her private account, almost always for logistics and scheduling concerning her family."

Some advisers to President Trump were alarmed when they heard this news, the Post reports, because of the similarities to Clinton's email use. Trump has called Clinton "Crooked Hillary" for using a personal email account when she was secretary of state.

Mirijanian sought to draw a specific contrast between Ivanka Trump's personal email usage and Clinton's, by noting that she did not have the server set up in her home or office.

"To address misinformation being peddled about Ms. Trump's personal email, she did not create a private server in her house or office, there was never classified information transmitted, the account was never transferred or housed at Trump Organization, no emails were ever deleted, and the emails have been retained in the official account in conformity with records preservation laws and rules," Mirijanian's statement continues.

White House officials were first made aware of Ivanka Trump's email usage through American Oversight's lawsuit, according to the Post.

Evers added, "For more than two years, President Trump and senior leaders in Congress have made it very clear that they view the use of personal email servers for government business to be a serious offense that demands investigation and even prosecution, and we expect the same standard will be applied in this case."

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+7 # BetaTheta 2018-11-20 11:06
Lock. Her. Up?
-1 # economagic 2018-11-20 16:40
No, LOCK HER UP!!!!!
0 # MikeAF48 2018-11-20 13:09
Quit using your daughter to do your dirty work Trump. Gee wiz what a mess. Call out to McDonalds its lunch time.
-1 # skylinefirepest 2018-11-20 15:00
So she made a hillary mistake...where as hillary made a constant practice of it. But since she's a Republican I'm not surprised you guys are taking notice of it. Too bad you weren't paying any attention to the problems that hillie caused when she did it.
-1 # economagic 2018-11-21 21:25
Awww, da TWOLL is back! The entire Drumpf family operates on the level of an ADHD ten-yer-old who has never been either to school or to Sunday school nor had any meaningful parenting. The rich ARE different from you and me. They live in an isolated bubble of privilege and ignorance of the real world but believe they are experts at everything and in every area of human knowledge.