President Donald J. Trump’s son-in-law and official White House adviser, Jared Kushner, utilized a private email server — put up after the election — to conduct White House business, according to a new report in Politico.
Kushner used the private account in tandem with his official White House email account to correspond with current and former senior White House officials, outside advisers and others, about themes ranging from media coverage to event planning.
Politico said it has verified at the least two dozen emails coming from the private account.
A lawyer for Kushner, Abbe Lowell, who was recently added to Kushner’s legal crew, issued the following statement for responding to the Politico report. We’ve reached out to Lowell’s office for comment.
“Mr. Kushner employs his White House email address to conduct White House business. Fewer than 100 emails from January through August were either sent to or reverted by Mr. Kushner to colleagues in the White House from his personal email history. These usually sent news articles or political commentary and most often occurred when someone originated the exchange by sending an email to his personal rather than his White House address.”
Current and former aide-de-camps who transported emails to Kushner on his private report since the President took office include former chief of staff Reince Priebus, former chief strategist Steve Bannon, top financial consultant Gary Cohn, and spokesman Josh Raffel, according to the Politico report.
The decision to use private histories in agency is at odds with the repeated disapproval that Donald Trump and his replacements heaped upon his antagonist, Democratic nominee Hilary Clinton, during the Presidential campaign.
Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State was one of the center analysis Trump used in his run for office — and was, in fact, the subject of an FBI investigation.
The use of private email is common among members of the Trump administration, Politico reported. And members of the President’s staff have used encrypted messaging services like Signal and Confide, which delete contents after they are spoken, prompting a reprimand by the then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer that messaging employing those services likely contravened the Presidential Records Act.
Whether the use of the private server for emails is illegal or not, the mail is very likely to be of interest to the ongoing investigations into the last election.