House Democrats are planning to investigate Ivanka Trump’s reported use of a private email address for official business.
The Oversight and Government Reform Committee will focus a current investigation into White House staffers’ compliance with the Presidential Records Act on the first daughter, a top White House adviser, after a Washington Post report that she may have violated the law in using a private account when she first got to the White House.
The committee will “continue our investigation of the Presidential Records Act and Federal Records Act, and we want to know if Ivanka complied with the law,” The Hill quoted a Democratic aide as saying.
Mrs. Trump reportedly used a personal email account for communications with White House staffers, Cabinet officials, and aides last year, in the course of which she discussed White House business and her official schedule, according to reports. When questioned about the emails, she is said to have claimed she was unaware of some of the records rules.
“While transitioning into government, after she was given an official account but until the White House provided her the same guidance they had given others who started before she did, Ms. Trump sometimes used her personal account, almost always for logistics and scheduling concerning her family,” said Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Trump ethics attorney Abbe Lowell, in a statement to the Post.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump frequently criticized Hillary Clinton for using a private email server for government business during her time as secretary of state.
Mirijanian emphasized what he saw as differences between Clinton’s breach and Mrs. Trump’s potential violation.
“Ms. Trump did not create a private server in her house or office, no classified information was ever included, the account was never transferred at Trump Organization, and no emails were ever deleted,” he said.