Officials feared White House counsel would quit over Trump-Kushner meetings


Elijah Cummings, the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to Mr Kushner on Monday, quoting from the Republican investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server to justify asking him to keep his emails.

Registration records show that when Kushner, who is married to first daughter Ivanka Trump, registered to vote in 2009, he apparently checked a box classifying his gender as a female, The Hill reported. The counsel's office is reviewing accounts to find out if the messages are relevant for investigations such as the Russian Federation probes spearheaded by special counsel Robert Mueller and Congress, sources told Politico. "The committee was so informed when documents were produced and there is no issue here". They also demanded details on any use of text messaging and encryption software.

The New York Times five other aides also used private email accounts to deal with White House matters. Most of the email exchanges were related to news articles and "political commentary", Lowell said. The agency added any cross-use of personal and work devices could enable hackers to gain entry to the official systems.

Even if Kushner used the personal account for mostly incidental items, as his lawyer insists, simply by virtue of being so close to the president everything he says and does is of interest to other parties.

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For people who rode into the White House on disingenuous "lock her up" chants, it's an incredible irony that they appear to be guilty of something so much worse than simply using private email addresses and devices. The group said it obtained the emails in June through a Freedom of Information Act request.

White House officials in the early days of the Trump administration were given security briefings on the dangers of using personal devices such as laptops and cellphones, and the risks of using personal email accounts for government work, a source familiar with the program told ABC News. "He was focused on implementing the proper processes and structures to protect the White House and its staff, including Jared".

According to Friday's report, the NSA briefed the new administration officials shortly after the January 20 inauguration and took place in the White House Situation Room because of the sensitive subject matter.