The House Oversight and Reform Committee has recently obtained information that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner has used his personal email and the encrypted messaging service WhatsApp to conduct official government business, reports Politico.
Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said in a letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone on Thursday that the panel was given confirmation from Kushner’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, indicating that Kushner “continues to use” WhatsApp for government business, Politico reported Thursday.
Lowell reportedly confirmed this revelation to the Oversight panel during a Dec. 19 meeting with Cummings and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.).
Lowell reportedly claimed that his client was acting in compliance with the recordkeeping law.
Kushner, whom the president charged with overseeing the administration’s Middle East policies, reportedly communicates with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman via WhatsApp.
The details of the discussion about Kushner’s email and messaging practices came as part of a new Oversight Committee demand for a slew of new documents from Kushner and other current and former White House officials, including his wife Ivanka Trump, former deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland, and former top strategist Stephen Bannon.
Cummings has demanded Kushner turn over the requested documents by April 4 and signaled he may issue subpoenas if the White House refuses to comply.