White House senior adviser Jared Kushner sent emails using a private email address while in office.
“Mr. Kushner uses his White House email address to conduct White House business. Fewer than a hundred emails from January through August were either sent to or returned by Mr. Kushner to colleagues in the White House from his personal email account,” Abbe Lowell, an attorney for Kushner, said in a statement Monday to The Daily Caller. “These usually forwarded news articles or political commentary and most often occurred when someone initiated the exchange by sending an email to his personal, rather than his White House, address. All non-personal emails were forwarded to his official address and all have been preserved in any event.”
The news of his private email use was first broken by Politico Sunday.
Kushner’s private email usage comes after a campaign in which President Trump and Republicans focused on Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while in office. However, there are no indications so far that Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, sent any classified information over his private email.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said during Monday’s press briefing that to her knowledge use of private email by Trump White House officials is “very limited.”
“White House Counsel has instructed all White House staff to use their government email for official business, and only use that email,” Sanders added.
House Oversight Committee ranking member Elijah Cummings announced Monday that he is launching a probe of Kushner’s private email usage. The Democratic congressman asked the White House senior adviser to preserve all official emails sent or received from the account and turn over all work correspondence.