A US Congressional committee will investigate Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s daughter
A White House review of her emails found 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.
Are private emails illegal?
It is not illegal for White House officials to use personal email accounts for government business
However, under the Presidential Records Act and Federal Records Act, government officials must forward any official correspondence to a work account within 20 days for preservation
.If this is not done reliably, the use of private accounts can put official records beyond the reach of journalists, lawmakers and others who seek publicly available information
There are also rules against sharing classified or privileged information on personal email accounts.
White House to Investigate
President Trump, a Republican, repeatedly
The panel will investigate White House communications when Democrats take over the US 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,” said a spokesperson for Representative Elijah Cummings, who is the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee.
The current House Oversight committee chairman, Republican Trey Gowdy, also asked the White House for information related to
“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,”
Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for
Since then, she has turned over all her government-related emails to be stored with other White House records, the newspaper reported.
What about #LockHerUp
Mrs 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 Mr Trump and calls from some of his supporters to “lock her up”.
The FBI concluded that
Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat on the Senate judiciary panel, said there was “no way”
There were also larger questions about the Trump family’s mixing of private enterprise and government duties,
“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,
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.