Trump questioned on Jared Kushner's use of WhatsApp with foreign officials

Trump questioned on Jared Kushner's use of WhatsApp with foreign officials

U.S. Representatives Adam Schiff, Eliot Engel and Elijah Cummings, the chairmen of the House of Representatives Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees, respectively, had asked the White House and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in early March for documents and interviews about Trump's conversations with Putin. It cites a February 6, 2017, email between McFarland and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.Bannon also received a January 29, 2017, email from Barrack that Cummings said was a pitch of the plan sent to inform "Bannon's official work relating to developing 'broader Middle East policy'".

"I did not specify who they were", Lowell said. Instead, Lowell claimed he told the committee his client communicated through the app with "some people", but did not specify who the individuals were.

The White House didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

But in another stand-off with House Democrats, Mr Cipollone on Thursday rejected a request renewed last week from Mr Cummings and two other committee chairmen for information on President Donald Trump's communications with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mr. Kushner has communicated with foreign leaders using a messaging application WhatsApp, Mr. Cummings said, basing his conclusions on information from a lawyer for Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump.

A further directive from the Trump administration states that employees should "conduct all work-related communications on your official ... account".

"The House committee's investigation comes after Ivanka Trump past year dismissed any comparison to the use of private email by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, which prompted an FBI investigation and inspired the "Lock Her Up" chant at then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign rallies".

"The White House's failure to provide documents and information is obstructing the Committee's investigation into allegations of violations of federal records laws by White House officials".

Mr. Cummings has been trying get more information about the Trump White House's practices, but says he's run into a brick wall. Since then, he wrote, the Trump administration has "not turned over a single piece of paper to our committee or made a single official available for testimony".

Lowell also disputed the assertion that he acknowledged Ivanka still only forwards some of her personal emails involving official business to her White House email account. That would also violate the Presidential Records Act.

Per their letter, Kushner's lawyer also admitted to the Committee that he used a private email from January to August of 2017.

The president's son-in-law is up to date with technology but possibly not with the Presidential Records Act.

It is not illegal for White House officials to use personal accounts for government business.

Aside from the Kushners, the House committee said other officials such as the former deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon used their personal email accounts to talk about the "transfer of sensitive US nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia".

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