The White House is launching a probe into the use of private email accounts by some members of the administration, according to a Thursday Politico report.
Four officials with knowledge of the situation said that the White House will be examining emails from the White House server that were either sent or received from higher administration members’ private email accounts, Politico reported.
Two officials added that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s private email accounts would serve as one of the main focuses of the inquiry, since they are still part of the White House. A Sunday Politico report claimed that Kushner, along with other administration officials, had been using private email accounts in dealing with some White House business.
“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,” Abbe Lowell, a lawyer for Kushner, said previously in a statement.
The probe into the private email accounts could last for up to a few months, one official with knowledge told Politico. Another official added that the White House counsel’s office will also be looking into the private email accounts as part of their investigation into possible collusion with Russian officials.
“The White House instructs staff to fully comply with the Presidential Records Act and briefs staff on the need to preserve records,” a White House spokesperson told Politico.
A spokesman for Trump and Kushner did not return The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment in time for publication.
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