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Democrat Elijah Cummings begins probe into Jared Kushner's private emails

  • September 25, 2017






It’s one of President Trump’s biggest criticisms of Hillary Clinton… using private email to conduct government business. But now one of of the President’s own senior advisors and his son-in-law Jared Kushner is allegedly doing the same thing, according to Politico.


The lead Democrat of the House’s oversight committee has launched an investigation into Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner’s use of a private email address to conduct White House business.

In a letter, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland asked Kushner to “preserve all official records and copies of records in your custody or control.”

He also asked that Kushner provide email addresses for all of private accounts used to conduct business, a list of all emails sent or received on those accounts that conducted official business and information about the security of the private domain used by Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump.

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Cummings’ letter comes after reports revealed that Kushner had created a private email address during the transition. According to his lawyer, fewer than 100 exchanges were made using the address from January to August.

Cummings didn’t dive into how outraged he was over the revelations.

Instead, he pointed to the shock of congressional Republicans in years past, when they were angry about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of State. He quoted Rep. Trey Gowdy’s letter: “The public has a right to access public records. The public has a right to certainty that no classified or sensitive information was placed at risk of compromise.”

He also noted that the White House had previously told him there were no senior officials covered by the Presidential Records Act, which requires the preservation of records, that had multiple accounts.

“This statement appears to be inaccurate, although it is possible that Mr. (Marc) Short was referring to senior officials with multiple official government email accounts and that he did not know about your personal email account at the time he wrote this letter to the committee,” he wrote.


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