Ivanka Trump’s lawyer slams report she violated federal records rules

Ivanka Trump’s lawyer slams report she violated federal records rules

According to a report from The Washington Post. Ivanka Trump reportedly violated federal records rules by sending emails to government officials on her personal email in 2017.

The report says Ivanka Trump, a White House adviser, sent hundreds of emails about White House business and her official schedule to administration aides, Cabinet officials, and her personal assistants.

The Washington Post story cites “people familiar with a White House examination of her correspondence.” But contains no indication that any of Ivanka Trump’s emails contained classified or sensitive government information.

According to the report, Jared Kushner also had a private email account on the domain “ijkfamily.com” through a Microsoft system in December 2016.

Peter Mirijanian, the spokesperson for Trump’s ethics lawyer Abbe Lowell, emphasized distinctions to the Hillary Clinton email scandal, saying in a statement that the private domain name ijkfamily.com essentially gave Ivanka and Jared a personalized dot-com email address on the Internet, but they did not maintain their own server hardware to physically store the emails sent to it. 

“To address misinformation being peddled about Ms. Trump’s personal email, she did not create a private server in her house or office, there was never classified information transmitted, the account was never transferred or housed at Trump Organization, no emails were ever deleted, and the emails have been retained in the official account in conformity with records preservation laws and rules,” Mirijanian said.


He added: “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.” Mirijanian told the Post that Trump had used a personal account prior to being briefed on ethics rules.

An FBI probe found that, contrary to Hillary Clinton’s repeated assertions, the former secretary of state had in fact during the Obama administration sent classified materials using a private server she established to handle virtually all of her government business.

A total of 22 of the emails Hillary Clinton held on her private server contained top secret information, and around 2,100 contained some form of classified information.

Approximately 31,000 emails were also deleted — and never recovered — from Hillary Clinton’s private server following a congressional subpoena.

This was because the former secretary of state — and not a third party, like Gmail — owned, operated, and maintained the server, which investigators faced challenges in trying to recover that data.

Because of Hillary Clinton’s email practices the Washington Post reported that administration officials were “alarmed.” about Ivanka Trump’s use.

Austin Evers, the executive director of a liberal advocacy group, was quoted in the Post’s report accusing the White House of “obvious hypocrisy.”

The Presidential Records Act requires that all official communication by White House officials be archived, and Mirijanian said Trump already turned over all such communications from her personal account months ago for that purpose.

Mirijanian said that Ovanka Trump used her personal account “almost always” for logistics matters, as opposed to more sensitive information that could implicate other federal laws.

“Like most people, before entering into government service, Ms. Trump used a private email,” he said. “When she entered the government, she was given a government email account for official use. While transitioning into government, until the White House provided her the same guidance they had to others who started before she did, Ms. Trump sometimes used her private account, almost always for logistics and scheduling concerning her family.”

Lowell confirmed to Fox News that Jared Kushner reportedly used a personal email account in his first few months of the administration, . He said the emails usually involved news articles and political commentary. Lowell also said any non-personal emails were forwarded to Kushner’s official account and “all have been preserved in any event.”

The New York Times reported that former Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon, former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, former Chief White House economic advisor Gary Cohn, and Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller were also reported to have used private email accounts at one point during the administration.

Former FBI Director James Comey used a personal email account to “conduct unclassified FBI business,” the Justice Department’s watchdog revealed in an explosive report on the bureau’s conduct in the Clinton email investigation earlier this year.

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz revealed that FBI agent Peter Strzok used his personal email account for government business. Most notably, Horowitz wrote that Peter Strzok forwarded an email to his personal account regarding a proposed search warrant for former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s laptop computer.

Horowitz wrote that the email on Strzok’s personal account contained information “that appears to have been under seal at the time” in federal court.

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