Published: Wed, September 27, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

'Kushner used private email account for White House officials'

'Kushner used private email account for White House officials'

The use of private email was a defining issue of the 2016 presidential election, when then-candidate Trump frequently slammed his opponent Hillary Clinton's use of a private server during her time as secretary of state.

The disclosures came a day after news surfaced that Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner used a private email account to send or receive about 100 work-related emails during the administration's first seven months.

A government official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about Kushner's email habits, said that unlike in the Clinton case, Kushner had not set up a private server to house the personal email account.

He wrote emails from the account to former chief of staff Reince Priebus, former chief strategist Steve Bannon, economic adviser Gary Cohn, and spokesman Josh Raffel.

Using a personal email account for government business is not illegal for advisers, but they are supposed to forward all such emails to their government accounts so they can be made available to the public.

House Oversight Committee ranking member Elijah Cummings announced Monday that he is launching a probe of Kushner's private email usage. Administration officials acknowledged that she also occasionally did so when she formally became a White House adviser.

Per the report, Kushner sent emails and received emails with senior White House officials about subjects such as event planning and media coverage. Politico was first to report the story. The FBI determined a year ago that Clinton did not break the law, although then-FBI Director James Comey said that Clinton and her colleagues were "extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information". The attorney also mentioned most of those emails were "forwarded news articles or political commentary". Clinton was found to have used a private server while she was President Barack Obama's secretary of state, and State Department and intelligence officials asked federal authorities to determine whether any classified material was exposed. So it is perhaps unsurprising that one of Trump's signature campaign issues-the unsafe, corrupt, and unethical use of private e-mail by top-level government employees-is also a fixture of the president's administration.

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