Ivanka Trump, a White House adviser and the eldest daughter of the president, reportedly violated federal records rules by sending hundreds of emails last year to White House aides, Cabinet officials and her assistants using a personal email account, according to a new report from The Washington Post.
White House ethics officials discovered the violation as they reviewed emails gathered last fall by five Cabinet agencies in response to a public records lawsuit.
In a statement, Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Ivanka Trump’s attorney and ethics counsel, Abbe Lowell, acknowledged that Ivanka occasionally used her private email before she was briefed on the rules, but he said none of her messages contained classified information.
“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,” he said in a statement.
Mirijanian noted that Ivanka turned over all her government-related emails months ago so they could be stored permanently with other White House records. He also said that “no emails were ever deleted.”
The Hill notes:
The revelation immediately raised parallels to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she worked as secretary of State. Clinton’s use of the server was a major issue in the 2016 presidential campaign, and former FBI Director James Comey’s decision to reopen an investigation just a week before Election Day was a turning point in her battle with President Trump.
Trump used Clinton’s use of an email repeatedly as a frequent attack line. Supporters at his rallies would frequently chant “Lock her up.”
“There’s the obvious hypocrisy that her father ran on the misuse of personal email as a central tenet of his campaign,” said Austin Evers, executive director of the liberal watchdog group American Oversight, whose record requests sparked the White House discovery. “There is no reasonable suggestion that she didn’t know better. Clearly everyone joining the Trump administration should have been on high alert about personal email use.”