House Committee Is Investigating Use Of Private Email And WhatsApp By White House Aides

 In Corruption and Fraud, Flip Flops, Transparency   Last Updated: March 30, 2019

The House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Elijah Cummings (D-MD), is investigating the use of private email servers and WhatsApp by aides to President Trump.  This investigation follows an admission by Jared Kushner’s lawyer that Kushner “‘has been using the messaging application WhatsApp as part of his official White House duties to communicate with foreign leaders.’ It’s unclear whether the communications may have contained classified information.”

The Presidental Records Act does allow for use of private emails and other non-official communication channels.  However, it “stipulates that White House officials are required to forward a “complete copy” of “official business conducted using non-official electronic messaging accounts” to “an official electronic messaging account of the President, Vice President, or covered employee” no later than 20 days after the creation of the communication.”

 

 

Rachel Bade and Josh Dawsey. "White House ignores House panels’ requests for documents, Democrats say." Washington Post, 19 March 2019. Web. 30 March 2019.
Heidi Przybyla. "Cummings presses White House on Kushner's use of WhatsApp for official business." NBC News, 21 March 2019. Web. 30 March 2019.
Camilo Montoya-Galvez. "Lawyer for Kushner and Ivanka Trump acknowledged use of private email, Democrats say." CBS News, 22 March 2019. Web. 30 March 2019.
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