Jared Kushner accused of using WhatsApp and personal email for state business

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Elijah Cummings D-Md. speaks during the House Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill

Cummings said that when the House was under Republican control in March 2017, his committee had started investigating whether White House officials were using personal email and messaging accounts to conduct official business.

Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, a Democrat of Maryland, sent a letter Thursday to White House counsel Pat Cipollone that said Abbe Lowell, an attorney for Kushner, disclosed late past year that the president's son-in-law "has used-and continues to use-WhatsApp as part of his official duties in the White House" to communicate with foreign leaders.

The letter also revealed that Lowell informed the committee previous year that Ivanka Trump conducts official White House business through a personal email account and does not preserve emails to which she does not respond. He said Ivanka Trump "always forwards official business to her White House account".

He also noted that "there was never classified information transmitted" using her private email account.

According to Cummings, when pressed how Kushner was backing up his communications in order to assure that he wasn't violating the Presidential Records Act, Lowell responded that Kushner took "screenshots" and forwarded them to his official White House email account or to the National Security Council. Lowell said he was not aware if Kushner had communicated classified information on WhatsApp.

Lowell denied he told members of Congress Kushner had communicated through any app with foreign "leaders" or "officials" but said that instead, Kushner had used such apps for communicating with "some people", whom he did not specify.

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Public officials are allowed to conduct business on their own email accounts, but they are required to forward the messages to their official government accounts so they are part of the records.

Kushner, according to Politico, reportedly uses WhatsApp to communicate with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Lowell claimed on Thursday, however, that at the December meeting, he cautioned lawmakers that he wasn't prepared to discuss the topic and that their questions were best suited for the White House.

Steven Groves, a White House spokesman, said: "The White House has received Chairman Cummings' letter of March 21st". He also denied making any suggestion that Kushner used the app to communicate with foreign "leaders" or "officials" and added that Kushner has friends overseas. "As with all properly authorized oversight requests, the White House will review the letter and will provide a reasonable response in due course".

"The White House's failure to provide documents and information is obstructing the Committee's investigation into allegations of violations of federal records laws by White House officials".

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