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Congress investigates Kushner’s email, messaging use

by Harvest Prude
Posted 3/22/19, 11:27 am

WASHINGTON—A House committee on Thursday asked the White House whether Jared Kushner, senior adviser and son-in-law to President Donald Trump, used private accounts to communicate with foreign leaders and conduct government business. In a letter to White House counsel Pat Cipollone, House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., asked for relevant documents on Kushner and other current and former White House officials, including former strategist Steve Bannon, by April 4.

According to Cummings, Kushner’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, revealed in a Dec. 19 meeting with Cummings and then–Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., that Kushner used the encrypted messaging service WhatsApp and a private email address for government business. Cummings noted that Lowell said Ivanka Trump, Kushner’s wife and fellow White House adviser, also continued to receive messages related to government business in her personal email account. “Mr. Lowell could not answer whether Mr. Kushner’s communications included classified information—which would be a major security breach—but instead directed the committee to inquire with the National Security Council and the White House,” Cummings wrote.

The committee opened an investigation into White House officials’ use of personal email and messaging services in March 2017.

Lowell responded in a letter, saying Cummings was “not completely accurate” in describing their meeting. He denied revealing that Kushner communicated with foreign leaders or officials: “I said he has used those communications with ‘some people’ and I did not specify who they were.”

“As with all properly authorized Oversight requests, the White House will review the letter and will provide a reasonable response in due course,” White House spokesman Steven Groves said.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute and a reporter for WORLD.

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  • Glong
    Posted: Fri, 03/22/2019 01:42 pm

    In all my 75 years, I do not recall any other president being under constant, day in and day out, attack. 

  • SuperBoppy
    Posted: Fri, 03/22/2019 03:43 pm

    Why is Congress so concerned about this, yet gives Hillary a pass on what she did, which is 1000 times worse?

  • news2me
    Posted: Sat, 03/23/2019 12:23 am

    Maybe they should call Bill Clinton to convince the powers that be to look the other way. In other words Bill can talk to someone about their family, like he did when Hillary needed help. Maybe they could donate money to their foundation.  

  • OldMike
    Posted: Sat, 03/23/2019 03:27 pm

    Of course, the House Democrats will apply the same standards to their investigation of the Trump team’s use of private email accounts, as they did when questions were raised about Hilary and her aides doing the same. 

    Oh yes I totally believe that. [eyeroll]