Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and a top White House adviser, sent hundreds of emails about government business from a personal email account last year, The Washington Post reported Monday.
The emails were sent to White House aides, Cabinet members and Ivanka Trump’s assistants, many in violation of public records rules, the paper said. President Donald Trump mercilessly criticized his 2016 Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, for using a private email server during her time as secretary of state, labeling her “Crooked Hillary” and saying she belonged in jail.
Twitter was quick to make light of the irony.
The hastage "LockHerUp" began trending as social media users used the revelation to slam Trump and question what his response to the report will be.
"Will #Trump advise to #LockHerUp? We’ll wait..." joked comedian DL Hughely, while national security lawyer Bradley P. Moss took a more serious tone, "How can you be so arrogantly stupid, so grossly unaware of reality, that after all of the #lockherup chants you come into government service and say you don't know how to handle government e-mail protocols???"
"If one could die of hypocrisy, I'm not sure there would be any Republicans left," joked another Twitter users, while many focused on the prediction that Trump and Republicans are unlikely to be angry over Ivanka's private email account.
Public records request
The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the email use, but a spokesman for Ivanka Trump’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, didn’t dispute the report.
“While transitioning into government... Ms. Trump sometimes used her private account, almost always for logistics and scheduling concerning her family,” said the spokesman, Peter Mirijanian.
Mirijanian stressed that no classified information was transmitted in the messages, that no emails were deleted and that the emails have since been “retained” in conformity with records laws.
“When concerns were raised in the press 14 months ago, Ms. Trump reviewed and verified her email use with White House Counsel and explained the issue to congressional leaders,” he said.
The discovery was prompted by public records requests from the liberal watchdog group American Oversight. The group’s executive director, Austin Evers, said in a statement that “The president’s family is not above the law,” and he called on Congress to investigate.
“For more than two years, President Trump and senior leaders in Congress have made it very clear that they view the use of personal email servers for government business to be a serious offense that demands investigation and even prosecution, and we expect the same standard will be applied in this case,” he said.
The emails the group uncovered include correspondence between Ivanka Trump and Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
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