Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Every Trump Administration Official Accused of Using Personal Email for Work
House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings on Monday expanded an investigation into personal email use by Trump administration members to include Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, bringing the number of officials under scrutiny to eight.
President Donald Trump has brushed aside accusations of his officials using their personal emails, while never retracting his blistering criticism of his 2016 election opponent Hillary Clinton who used a private email server while she was secretary of state. Trump criticized Clinton's private email use as an effort to hide illicit activity, but has not called out any wrongdoing by his own team.
Here are the Trump administration members who are being probed for private email use:
DeVos was added to House Democrats' personal email probe after "disturbing new revelations" about her personal email use from the Education Department's inspector general in May, Cummings wrote in a letter to her.
According to the new records, DeVos "withheld from the Committee information it has been seeking on a bipartisan basis over the past two years," Cummings wrote, and requested the documents by July 29. ...
The first daughter and senior White House adviser used a personal account to send hundreds of government business emails to Cabinet members, White House aides and her assistants, people familiar with her emails told The Washington Post in November 2018.
"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," Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Ivanka Trump's attorney Abbe Lowell, said in a statement.
Cummings in a July 1 letter to White House counsel Pat Cipollone requested all communications by White House officials, including Ivanka Trump, who sent or received emails on government business through their personal accounts but did not forward them to their work accounts within 20 days as required by the Presidential Records Act. The chairman suggested that his requests in December 2018 and March 2019 were ignored.