Jared Kushner used private email for White House business

Lowell backed Kushner, citing the private account was used mostly for casual purposes and his client typically only responds when other parties initiate.

A new report by Newsweek is suggesting that Ivanka Trump used a personal email address for White House correspondence. Kushner appears to be in violation of the Presidential Records Act of 2014 that was passed after Hillary Clinton left her position as Secretary of State.

As the site notes, this is just the latest of several reports of Trump administration aides using personal email accounts for official government business.

One of Kushner's lawyers, Abbe Lowell, maintained that his client did not send classified information using his private email.

A government official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about Kushner's email habits, said that unlike in the Clinton case, Kushner had not set up a private server to house the personal email account.

Kushner's personal account was established during the transition period between Trump's election victory in November and his inauguration in January, Politico reported Monday.

A White House official conducting business on a personal email account is not unprecedented.

Kushner's use of a private account, however, does appear to differ in degree from the former secretary of state and Democratic nominee, according to the descriptions provided Sunday.

Three congressional committees involved in the investigation into Russian Federation have requested "scores of documents" from the White House involving the firing of former FBI director James Comey and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner's security clearance, among others, according to CNN's Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb.

Lowell said Kushner, who is Jewish and Trump's son-in-law, forwarded the messages though his official White House account in order to create an official record.

Now, if you are the Trumps, and your administration is being investigated by the intelligence community, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a special counsel who has impaneled grand juries, and every investigative reporter alive for all manner of illegalities and possible election collusion with a foreign power, why in the name of all that is holy would you be this careless?

  • Jon Douglas