Tuesday 24 September 2019

Ivanka Trump used personal email for White House government work, report says

Ivanka Trump speaks at a rally at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana (Mike Moore/The Journal-Gazette via AP)
Ivanka Trump speaks at a rally at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana (Mike Moore/The Journal-Gazette via AP)
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, White House Senior Advisers, walk to Air Force One prior to departure with US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, October 30, 2018, as they travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, following the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump welcomes her father, U.S. President Donald Trump, during the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons annual meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 11, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump walks into the annual meeting of President's Interagency Task Force (PITF) to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on October 11, 2018 in Washington, DC
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks while flanked by White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump during the annual meeting of President's Interagency Task Force (PITF) to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on October 11, 2018 in Washington, DC
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, White House Senior Advisers, disembark from from Air Force One as they travel with US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump upon arrival at Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 30, 2018, following the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Ivanka Trump speaks during an event for American workers in the State Dining Room of the White House on October 31, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Associated Press Reporters

Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and a top White House adviser, sent hundreds of emails about government business from a personal email account last year, The Washington Post has reported.

The emails were sent to White House aides, Cabinet members and Ivanka Trump's assistants, many in violation of public records rules, the paper said.

President Donald Trump mercilessly criticised his 2016 Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, for using a private email server during her time as secretary of state, labelling her "Crooked Hillary" and saying she belonged in jail.

The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the email use, but a spokesman for Ivanka Trump's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, did not dispute the report.

White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump welcomes her father, U.S. President Donald Trump, during the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons annual meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 11, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump welcomes her father, U.S. President Donald Trump, during the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons annual meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 11, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

"While transitioning into government... Ms Trump sometimes used her private account, almost always for logistics and scheduling concerning her family," said the spokesman, Peter Mirijanian.

Mr Mirijanian stressed that no classified information was transmitted in the messages, that no emails were deleted and that the emails have since been "retained" in conformity with records laws.

"When concerns were raised in the press 14 months ago, Ms Trump reviewed and verified her email use with White House Counsel and explained the issue to congressional leaders," he said.

The discovery was prompted by public records requests from the liberal watchdog group American Oversight.

The group's executive director, Austin Evers, said in a statement that "The president's family is not above the law", and he called on Congress to investigate.

"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 offence that demands investigation and even prosecution, and we expect the same standard will be applied in this case," he said.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, White House Senior Advisers, disembark from from Air Force One as they travel with US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump upon arrival at Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 30, 2018, following the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, White House Senior Advisers, disembark from from Air Force One as they travel with US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump upon arrival at Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 30, 2018, following the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

The emails the group uncovered include correspondence between Ivanka Trump and Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

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