Once Democrats take over the House of Representatives, they plan to investigate President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, for her use of a private email address to conduct business.
The Daily Wire reports:
It’s clear the Democrats are still bitter over the attention paid to Hillary Clinton’s private email use, which included a private server stored in the bathroom of her Chappaqua, NY, home and sending classified information.
“We plan to continue our investigation of the presidential records act and federal records act, and we want to know if Ivanka complied with the law,” a Democratic aide on the House Oversight Committee told the New York Post on Tuesday.
The Washington Post recently reported on a White House investigation that discovered the First Daughter conducting business over her personal email address in 2017. Ivanka currently has an office in the West Wing and advises her father.
A spokesperson for Ivanka said she did use her private email address before she knew the rules (though she was present on the campaign trail in 2016 when Clinton’s emails were a major issue), but noted the differences between Ivanka’s email usage and Clinton’s.
“Ms. Trump did not create a private server in her house or office, no classified information was ever included, the account was never transferred at Trump Organization, and no emails were ever deleted,” Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Ivanka’s lawyer Abbe Lowell, told The Washington Post.
Clinton solely relied on her private email account, even after she learned the rules, for her entire time as secretary of state under President Barack Obama.
Mirijanian also told the Post that Ivanka used the private email account for “logistics and scheduling.”
“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.
He also said Ivanka turned over all these government-related emails months ago.
Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner*, also used his personal email for official business, and Republicans on the House Oversight Committee worked with Democrats to investigate whether Kushner violated the Presidential Records Act. Kushner was not punished.
While Ivanka and Kushner’s use of private email accounts certainly smacks of hypocrisy given the attention paid to Clinton’s private email address during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, the situations are not that similar. Ivanka switched to an official email and, as far as we know, did not send classified information over an unsecured, private server she owned herself (she and Kushner bought a domain to use for government work after the election, but the domain is through Microsoft). Ivanka is also not a government employee – her role is voluntary.
Still, some of what Ivanka sent may have caused other issues. Hundreds of Ivanka’s personal emails related to her schedule and travel plans, and dozens discussed official business.