Democrats to Probe Ivanka Trump’s Private Email Use for Government Work

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Last updated 11/20/2018 at 5:11 p.m. ET

A top House Democrat on Tuesday said a Congressional committee will investigate Ivanka Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter and a key White House adviser, following reports that she repeatedly used a personal email account for government business.

A White House review of Ivanka Trump’s email found that she used her personal account up to 100 times last year to contact other Trump administration officials, the Washington Post reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the review.

Use of a personal account for government business potentially violates a law requiring preservation of all presidential records.

President Trump, a Republican, repeatedly blasted his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election campaign over her use of personal email and a private server while she was U.S. secretary of state.

Representatives for U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said the panel will investigate White House communications when Democrats take over the U.S. House of Representatives in January.

“We plan to continue our investigation of the presidential records act and federal records act, and we want to know if Ivanka complied with the law,” his office said in a statement.

Cummings, in a separate statement, said the White House has not handed over requested documents.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment, but Trump said his daughter’s use of her personal email account was different from Clinton’s.

“For a little period of time, Ivanka did some emails. They weren’t classified like Hillary Clinton. They weren’t deleted like Hillary Clinton … She wasn’t doing anything to hide her emails,” Trump told reporters.

“There was no servers in the basement like Hillary Clinton had,” he added later.

Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Ivanka Trump’s ethics lawyer, Abbe Lowell, told the Post the emails occurred before Ivanka Trump was aware of government record-keeping regulations.

Since then, she has turned over all her government-related emails to be stored with other White House records, the Post reported.

Ivanka Trump’s emails came to light when White House officials began reviewing them in response to a lawsuit from watchdog group American Oversight, according to the Post. The paper said she used the personal account for official business fewer than 100 times in 2017.

The New York Times also reported on Ivanka Trump’s email use.

Clinton’s email practices as secretary of state prompted a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe in the run-up to the 2016 election that still draws ire from Trump and calls from some of his supporters to “lock her up.”

The FBI concluded Clinton’s actions were extremely careless but did not recommend any charges be filed. Clinton expressed regret for her decision to use a private server but said she violated no rules.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat on the Senate Judiciary panel, said there was “no way” Ivanka Trump did not know the rules after the 2016 campaign. There were also larger questions about the Trump family’s mixing of private enterprise and government duties, Blumenthal said.

“It raises the issue of whether there has been anything improper. There should be some kind of investigation” either by Congress or the White House ethics office, Blumenthal told CNN.

The White House began reviewing senior aides’ email use last year after reports that Ivanka Trump’s husband Jared Kushner, also a top White House adviser, used private email for government work.

(Reporting by Mike Stone and Susan Heavey; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Frances Kerry and Bill Rigby)

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Robert Aldrich
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Robert Aldrich

Pecksniffery abounds! Ivanka’s 100 emails pales in comparison. However, I think they should both go to jail for disobeying strict rules about email protocol! I would say 1 day for every email… Let’s see, Ivanka will do 100 days and Clinton, 300,000 days! That’s fair!

Rocky Drummond
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Rocky Drummond

Kushner did the same thing, so did a whole slew of others, Rs and D’s alike.

“there were larger questions about the Trump family’s mixing of private enterprise and government duties.”

This is what needs to be investigated vigorously.

Phyllis Softa
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Phyllis Softa

Kushner, Priebus, Bannon, Gary Cohn were among the others that missed the Trump rally calls for imprisonment. Only Javanka emailed members of foreign governments. Our current POTUS uses an unsecured private phone that he has left behind in a golf cart. Can you imagine the poor Russian, Iranian and Chinese… Read more »

Phoenix
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Phoenix

While not great – its hardly a “gotcha” moment for the Democrats. The scale of this is much lower than what was done by Hilary Clinton. Police it – fine, but don’t gloat like this validates anything. Though i did get a chuckle at Ivanka not knowing the email policy.… Read more »

Phyllis Softa
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Phyllis Softa

You do realize Trumpsters are still chanting “Lock her up” at the rallies? You do recall that Jason Chaffetz claimed the investigations of Hillary’s email would continue after the election? You did read that McGahan nixed Trump’s request that the JOD charge Comey and Clinton? But Trump and Trumpsters have… Read more »

Phoenix
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Phoenix

Phyllis, I’m not saying overlook it entirely. But for Democrats to suddenly be out for blood with this is just as hypocritical as the President brushing it off like its no big deal.

This is not some validating rally cry.

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