Cummings: Ivanka Trump not saving all official email

Mr Jared Kushner is a senior White House adviser and the son-in-law of President Donald Trump overseeing the administration's Middle East policies among other issues

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Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and a powerful White House aide, did not preserve all of her official emails as required by federal law, and her husband, Jared Kushner, used a messaging application to conduct USA business outside government channels, the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee said on Thursday.

Steven Groves, a White House spokesman, said: "The White House has received Chairman Cummings' letter of March 21st". When asked, Lowell said, "That's above my pay grade", and referred questions to the White House and the National Security Council, according to Cummings' letter. The newspaper said many of those communications violated federal public records rules.

"I said he has used those communications with "some people" and I did not specify who they were", Mr Lowell said.

Cummings revealed he and then-committee chairman Trey Gowdy met with Lowell on December 19, 2018 - after Democrats had won control of the House but before they had officially taken power. Cummings noted that in October 2017, White House lawyers briefed committee staff and "confessed" that several White House employees had failed to forward official records from their personal email accounts to their government accounts within 20 days, although they refused to identify the staffers.

"The executive branch has an obligation to respond to congressional oversight, especially where a committee has articulated its particular need for access to the information", said John Bies who worked in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel and is now chief counsel at American Oversight.

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In the final month of the 2016 presidential race, Donald Trump accused Clinton of "willful and deliberate criminal conduct" in her use of private email while serving as secretary of state.

"Our Committees are in receipt of the White House Counsel's letter, which continues a troubling pattern by the Trump Administration of rejecting legitimate and necessary congressional oversight with no regard for precedent or the constitution", the chairmen said.

Cummings says that he expects to hear back from the White House or will be forced to pursue other avenues to obtain the information he has requested.

Cummings said Lowell told the committee that Kushner's wife, Ivanka Trump, continues to receive emails related to official business on her personal email account but doesn't forward them to an official account unless she replies to it. Cummings says that appears to violate the Presidential Records Act.

Ward went on to emphasize the extremes to which Jared and Ivanka defied protocol just because they were too entitled and too unaware to know any better.

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Ivanka Trump was found in 2017 to have used a personal account to send hundreds of emails to Cabinet officials, White House aides and assistants in violation of federal rules, The Washington Post reported.

The White House Thursday rejected a call by House Democrats for documents relating to private conversations between President Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. Her lawyer confirmed this as well, according to the committee.

Cummings also said his committee obtained documents showing that K.T. McFarland, former Deputy National Security Advisor, and Steve Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist, conducted official business on their personal email accounts relating to transfer of sensitive US nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.

Cummings is asking the White House whether these communications were properly preserved.

"The president must be free to engage in discussions with foreign leaders without fear that those communications will be disclosed and used as fodder for partisan political objective", Cipollone wrote.

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Cummings called for the records in a letter Thursday to Pat Cipollone, the counsel to the president.

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