House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said in a letter addressed to the White House counsel on Thursday that White House aide Ivanka Trump has not complied with federal laws requiring her to preserve all official email communications.
The Maryland Democrat said in the letter that Trump’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, told the committee last year that emails are not preserved if Trump did not respond to them.
Cummings said that is an apparent violation of the Presidential Records Act.
The Washington Post reported in November that Ivanka used a private email account to discuss business from the White House, sending hundreds of emails about her official business and schedule to aides, Cabinet officials and personal assistants.
The law, Cummings wrote in Thursday’s letter, “requires that a covered employee forward ‘a complete copy of the Presidential or Vice Presidential record to an official electronic messaging account of the President, Vice President or covered employee not later than 20 days after the original creation or transmission of the Presidential or Vice Presidential record.’ ”
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He called on White House counsel Pat Cipollone to identify how many emails to and from Trump’s personal email account referred to or related to official business, and to certify if and how each of those emails was preserved and archived, as well as whether they contained sensitive or classified information.
Cummings also said the White House should provide a detailed description of the electronic system it uses to archive email and other electronic records.
In the same letter, Cummings said the committee has learned senior White House adviser and President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, has conducted official government business using the encrypted message service WhatsApp.