Ivanka Trump used personal account to send hundreds of official and business emails last year
The report sparked immediate comparisons with Hillary Clinton, who had used a private email server while in office and was subjected to a federal investigation.
President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House aide Ivanka Trump reportedly used her personal email account to send hundreds of official emails to White House aides, government employees, and her assistants last year. Reports state that most of the emails sent through her personal account were in violation of federal rules.
The report sparked immediate comparisons with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who had used a private email server while in office and was subjected to a federal investigation. Clinton's 2016 presidential election rival, Donald Trump had made this issue his prime attack in the race, dubbing her "Crooked Hillary," even suggesting that she should be put behind bars for it.
Ivanka's office, however, slammed any comparisons to Clinton and issued a statement saying that the White House aide "did not create a private server in her house or office."
A spokesperson for Trump's attorney and ethics counsel, Abbe Lowell, Peter Mirijanian, in a statement to The Washington Post said: "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."
Sources familiar with the issue told The Post that the White House ethics officials learned of Ivanka's use of her personal email when they were reviewing emails gathered last fall by five Cabinet agencies to respond to a public records lawsuit. Ivanka, in response to the report, said that she was not familiar with all the rules. Reports state that her private email account came from a domain which she shares with her husband Jared Kushner. The couple reportedly had set up personal emails with the domain "ijkfamily.com" through a Microsoft system in December 2016, shortly after Donald Trump won the presidency.
"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," Mirijanian added.
The spokesperson also said that Ivanka had turned over all her government-associated emails months ago so that they could be stored with other White House records permanently. White House officials are required to hand over their work-related emails by federal law under the Presidential Records Act.
Although Ivanka is citing ignorance, there are many experts who find it difficult to believe that she did not know the rules. The executive director of the liberal watchdog group American Oversight, Austin Evers, whose record requests resulted in the revelation said: "There's the obvious hypocrisy that her father ran on the misuse of personal email as a central tenet of his campaign. There is no reasonable suggestion that she didn't know better. Clearly, everyone joining the Trump administration should have been on high alert about personal email use."