Ivanka Trump’s pri­vate email use in White House to be probed

The Peterborough Examiner - - Canada & World - CHAD DAY

WASH­ING­TON — New rev­e­la­tions about the ex­tent of Ivanka Trump’s per­sonal email use in the White House will be get­ting a hard look from House Democrats when they take power in Jan­uary.

The House Over­sight and Govern­ment Re­form com­mit­tee be­gan look­ing into pri­vate email use last year af­ter re­ports re­vealed that Ivanka Trump’s hus­band, Jared Kush­ner, and other White House of­fi­cials had been us­ing pri­vate email for govern­ment pur­poses in pos­si­ble vi­o­la­tion of the Pres­i­den­tial Records Act and other fed­eral record-keep­ing laws.

Rep. Eli­jah Cum­mings of Mary­land, the likely in­com­ing chair of the Over­sight panel, said Tues­day that he will re­sume that bi­par­ti­san in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which was dropped by Repub­li­cans. And he will pres­sure Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion to turn over records about the use of pri­vate email for pub­lic busi­ness by Ivanka Trump, Kush­ner and other se­nior of­fi­cials.

The is­sue resur­faced this week when The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported that the pres­i­dent’s daugh­ter, while a top White House ad­viser, sent hun­dreds of emails about govern­ment busi­ness from a per­sonal email ac­count last year. The emails were sent to White House aides, Cabi­net mem­bers and Ivanka Trump’s as­sis­tants, many in vi­o­la­tion of pub­lic records rules.

In com­ments to re­porters, the pres­i­dent, who has spent years rail­ing against Clin­ton’s use of pri­vate email for pub­lic busi­ness while sec­re­tary of state, sought to down­play — and dif­fer­en­ti­ate — his daugh­ter’s email use from his for­mer op­po­nent’s. “They aren’t clas­si­fied like Hil­lary Clin­ton. They weren’t deleted like Hil­lary Clin­ton,” Trump said, adding: “What Ivanka did, it’s all in the pres­i­den­tial records. Ev­ery­thing is there.”

A spokesper­son for Ivanka Trump’s lawyer­said no clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion was trans­mit­ted, no emails were deleted and the emails have since been “re­tained” in con­for­mity with records laws.

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