Yesterday, the news surfaced that President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner used a private email account for work-related emails during the Trump administration’s first seven months. The information may not have come as a shock to many, but at that point, Kushner was the closest person to the president found to be using a private email address for White House related matters.
What exposed Kushner was the fact that he had forwarded all of the emails to his official government address. On Monday, a day after this information was disclosed, it has now been found that not just Kushner, but at least six White House advisers have used personal email addresses to conduct White House business. Among those found to be using private email servers, were Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon, former chief of staff Reince Priebus, and advisers, Gary D. Cohn and Steven Miller.
In addition to this, it was also found that Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, used a private email account during the first few months of the administration, when she was acting an unpaid adviser, and occasionally as an official White House adviser. White House officials shared the information anonymously, saying they were not authorized to discuss it with reporters.
According to The New York Times:
‘Officials are supposed to use government emails for their official duties so their conversations are available to the public and those conducting oversight. But it not illegal for White House officials to use private email accounts as long as they forward work-related messages to their work accounts so they can be preserved.’
As most people will remember, Trump spent the majority of his campaign focused on Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account as secretary of state, casting her as an untrustworthy criminal. People often chanted “Lock her up!” at his rallies, and Trump even said:
‘We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the oval office.’
Even though the FBI closed the investigation of Clinton’s emails and recommended no charges, Trump hasn’t been able to let it rest and even attempted to get the Justice Department to reinvestigate the issue.
On Monday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders released this statement:
‘All White House personnel have been instructed to use official email to conduct all government related work. They are further instructed that if they receive work-related communication on personal accounts, they should be forwarded to official email accounts.’
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