Ivanka, Jared and Others Reportedly Used Private Email Accounts for White House Business

'Height of hypocrisy,' Hillary Clinton calls out Trump team over private email reports

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner in the White House on Sep 7, 2017.
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U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump used a personal email address in official correspondence after her father became president, according to documents that the nonprofit American Oversight obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and shared exclusively with Newsweek.

Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, has used a private email account alongside his official White House account to exchange messages with other administration officials, Politico reported on Sunday.

New York Times report said Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, aides Gary Cohn and Stephen Miller and former staff members Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus also used private accounts.

Hillary Clinton was quick to blast Kushner saying on Sirius XM radio Monday, that the revelations show “the hypocrisy of this administration, who knew there was no real scandal, who knew that there was no basis for all their hyperventilating. Republican members of Congress who politicized the deaths in Benghazi."

Politico said the emails included correspondence about media coverage, event planning and other subjects. Kushner's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, said Kushner complied with government record-keeping rules by forwarding all the emails to his official account.

During Trump's 2016 election campaign, the Republican derided Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server for official correspondence when she was secretary of state under President Barack Obama.

Some of those messages were later determined to contain classified information.

Trump often led crowds in chants of "Lock her up!" during the campaign and vowed in October she would "be in jail" over the matter if he became president. He has since said he would not pursue prosecution.

Politico said other senior Trump aides had also used private email accounts, including former chief of staff Reince Priebus, former chief strategist Steve Bannon and economic adviser Gary Cohn.

"Mr. Kushner uses his White House email address to conduct White House business," Lowell said in a statement provided to Politico, as well as other media organizations including Reuters.

"Fewer than a hundred emails from January through August were either sent to or returned by Mr. Kushner to colleagues in the White House from his personal email account," the lawyer said.

"These usually forwarded news articles or political commentary and most often occurred when someone initiated the exchange by sending an email to his personal, rather than his White House, address," the statement added.

Many White House officials use personal phones to communicate by text message with reporters and others.