Ivanka Trump Sent Emails About Government From Private Account

Democrats might launch investigation
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2018 5:25 AM CST
Updated Nov 20, 2018 6:43 AM CST
Ivanka Trump Used Personal Account for White House Emails
Ivanka Trump speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Ivanka Trump might not have been paying attention at the numerous rallies where her father denounced Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server for government use. Officials have confirmed that the president's daughter used a personal email account to send hundreds of emails relating to government business last year, the Washington Post reports. The emails to White House aides and Cabinet officials were sent from a private domain she shares with husband Jared Kushner. Sources tell the Post that aides were shocked at the extent of her use of private email, some of which violated federal records rules—but when she was asked about it, she said she wasn't familiar with the rules.

Administration officials say Ivanka Trump's correspondence did not contain classified information and she stopped using the account for government business after the rules were explained to her, the BBC reports. They say that unlike Clinton, Trump never deleted any emails. The American Oversight watchdog group says its freedom of information requests uncovered the scale of private email use. "We expected to find the president’s daughter had an unusual role in the White House, but we didn’t anticipate this kind of extensive use of a personal email server," says Austin Evers, the group's executive director. The New York Times reports that Democratic lawmakers are expected to look into the email issue when they take control of the House next year. (The White House ordered an investigation of private email use last year.)

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