The White House has launched an internal investigation after it emerged that Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, and other senior officials used personal email accounts for official business, Politico reported on Thursday.
Citing four unnamed officials, the news site said the investigators have begun pulling batches of emails on the White House server to and from the private accounts of senior aides.
Politico first reported last week that Kushner had used personal email for government matters. On Sunday his lawyer, Abbe Lowell, said there were fewer than a hundred emails about government business in Kushner’s private email domain, and that all had been forwarded to his White House account.
The investigation is being led by the White House counsel’s office, Politico added: “Of particular interest is Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s private email domain, because they still work in the White House, two officials said. Accounts of other White House officials are also being reviewed.”
It quoted one official as saying the counsel’s office is reviewing the accounts to determine whether any of the messages are relevant to the investigations into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia. It is also expected to scrutinise whether any classified information was put at risk.
Meanwhile CNN reported that, in his closed interview with the staff of the Senate intelligence committee, Kushner made no mention of his personal email account. It said committee chair Richard Burr and vice-chair Mark Warner had written to Kushner on Thursday instructing him to double-check that he had turned over every relevant document to the committee including those from his personal email account, “as well as all other email accounts, messaging apps, or similar communications channels you may have used, or that may contain information relevant to our inquiry”.
As carried in g on 29/9/2017