During the 2016 presidential election, US President Donald Trump aggressively went after Hilary Clinton for using her personal email account and server for official conversations during her time as US Secretary of State. Two years later, it is now Ivanka Trump’s turn to take the heat. Or not.
White House ethics officials confirmed she used a private email account to send official government-related emails last year, writes the Washington Post. Ivanka Trump exchanged hundreds of official emails with assistants, Cabinet officials and White House aides through a domain shared with her husband, Jared Kushner. The domain was created in December 2016, before she moved Washington. Because the domain was created through a Microsoft system, the emails are stored by the tech company.
Her actions could be in violation of the Presidential Records Act, which specifies that White House Communication must be secured and all data kept in a secure archive to prevent hacking and mishandling of data. Although her emails were mostly about personal travel dates and logistical data, some may still be in violation of federal records legislation, as they discussed official business and government policies.
When asked about the use of her personal email for official business, Ms. Trump allegedly said she had not been informed about email policies and didn’t know she was breaking White House rules, claim Trump administration officials.
“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,” said Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Trump’s attorney.