Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, in her role as senior White House adviser, reportedly sent hundreds of emails to Cabinet officials, White House aides and assistants using a personal email account on a private server shared by her husband, Jared Kushner.
The behaviour has ‘alarmed’ some of President Trump’s inner circle, the Washington Post reports, saying it bore similarities to Hillary Clinton’s personal email use as secretary of state — an scandal which became a fiery topic during the 2016 Presidential Election campaign.
Big story out that the FBI ignored tens of thousands of Crooked Hillary Emails, many of which are REALLY BAD. Also gave false election info. I feel sure that we will soon be getting to the bottom of all of this corruption. At some point I may have to get involved!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
President Trump dubbed his rival “Crooked Hillary” over the erasure of an archive of thousands of emails amid a congressional investigation. Trump’s supporters still shout “lock her up” at his public rallies.
White House ethics officials reportedly consider Ivanka Trump “the worst offender in the White House” when it comes to violations of the Presidential Records Act, which mandates that all official White House communications and records be preserved in a permanent archive. That communications network is also secured by the nation’s intelligence agencies.
Ivanka’s insecure private system outside of the White House reportedly became evident during a review of correspondence involving Cabinet and a public records freedom-of-information lawsuit earlier this year.
The correspondence to and from Ivanka was incomplete.
The ethics office says that for much of 2017 Ivanka used or relayed official White House business through her private email.
A review by White House ethics officials revealed that throughout much of 2017, Trump often discussed or relayed official White House business using a private email account with a domain that she shares with her husband, Jared Kushner. https://t.co/5IXUBOofxy— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost)
Ivanka’s legal and ethics adviser Peter Mirijanian rejected allegations of improper behaviour.
“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,” he said in a statement to the Washington Post.
Ivanka had turned over all government-related emails “months ago”, he said.
“Ms Trump did not create a private server in her house or office, no classified information was ever included, the account was never transferred at Trump Organisation, and no emails were ever deleted.”
Ivanka has reportedly said she was unaware she was breaching White House rules, and had not intended to do so.
It’s not the first time the President’s daughter has drawn the attention of the ethics office. The granting of several Chinese trademarks at the height of her father’s trade war with that country are also being investigated.
President Trump himself has repeatedly come under fire for insisting on the use of an unsecured iPhone for personal and official business. Last month, the New York Times reported White House security staff have reportedly told the President that both Chinese and Russian spies were actively monitoring his conversations.