Trump's top advisers, Kushner used private emails to conduct White House business

President Trump repeatedly slammed Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during the 2016 election

Rep. Trey Gowdy, a SC conservative who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and the top Democrat on that panel, Rep. Elijah Cummings, cite a recent Politico report that Jared Kushner set up a private email account after the election to conduct work-related business.

As a candidate, Trump aggressively attacked Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, for her use of private email while she was secretary of state.

Politico said it has verified at least two dozen emails coming from the private account.

In past administrations, the use of private email accounts by senior government officials has posed challenges to record-keeping and archiving activities. Kushner has sent or received "fewer than 100 emails" between his personal account and White House officials, Lowell says.

The president has not yet commented on his son-in-law's own use of a private email address.

They both no longer work at the White House. Lowell said that the email exchanges were nearly always initiated by somebody else who emailed Kushner's personal email rather than his White House address.

Politico said that other White House officials have used Signal and Confide to conduct business, "prompting former press secretary Sean Spicer in February to issue a warning to communications staffers that using such apps could violate the Presidential Records Act". Politico reported her husband, Kushner, set up a private family domain "late past year before moving to Washington from NY". While Cohn, Bannon, Priebus, and Miller apparently used Gmail accounts, Kushner set up a private domain, IJKFamily.com, through GoDaddy.com to host his family's server.

The news was first reported by Politico, which said Kushner used his private account - set up during the transition last December - alongside his official White House email account.

At a political event in Alabama on Friday, Trump responded to supporter chants of "lock her up" by saying, "You've got to speak to (Attorney General) Jeff Sessions about that".

Then-Republican frontrunner routinely criticized Clinton for her actions, prompting his supporters to come up with the infamous "Lock her up!" chant - even though the FBI extensively investigated her and found no criminal wrongdoing.

She had a chief of staff with a White House email account, which raises the question of why she had a chief of staff in the White House at all if she had not yet "decided" to join the federal government.

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