'I know nothing' about Kushner's WhatsApp messaging

'I know nothing' about Kushner's WhatsApp messaging

On Thursday, U.S. House of Representatives' oversight committee chairman Elijah Cummings asked the White House about Kushner's use of the unofficial messaging application as part of his government work.

The chair of the House Oversight committee has revealed that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner illegally used private email accounts and messaging apps to carry out official White House business.

Cummings said the committee obtained a document that "appears" to show that McFarland conducted official business on her personal email account.

The Presidential Records Act prohibits all senior White House officials from sending or creating records "using a non-official electronic message account", unless a copy of the messages is forwarded to official accounts within 20 days.

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If this is not done reliably, the use of private accounts can put official records beyond the reach of journalists, lawmakers and others who seek publicly available information.

In that March 4 letter the chairmen also noted that the allegations, some of which were made public in the media, "if true, raise profound national security, counterintelligence, and foreign policy concerns, especially in light of Russia's ongoing active measures campaign to improperly influence American elections".

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump denied any knowledge of Kushner's unofficial communications.

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Cummings said he and Rep. Trey Gowdy, the committee's Republican chairman at the time, met with Lowell, the personal lawyer for Kushner and Ivanka, in December 2018.

Lowell didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly led chants of "Lock her up!" as he blasted Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server as secretary of state. It also said that Ivanka Trump, who is the US President's daughter and Jared Kushner's wife, violated federal law by not preserving all of her official emails as required. The committee chairmen write that destroying the notes would be a violation of the Presidential Records Act. "The Committee requests that you confirm by March 28, 2019, whether you intend to comply voluntarily with its requests or whether the Committee should consider alternative means to obtain the information it needs to conduct its investigation".

The dispute arose as Cummings also released information about Kushner's use of WhatsApp and raised questions about personal email accounts used by other former senior White House aides to discuss a proposal to transfer USA nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia.

Citing Supreme Court precedent, Cipollone wrote that "the conduct of foreign affairs is a matter that the Constitution assigns exclusively to the President".

"The President must be free to engage in discussions with foreign leaders without fear that those communications will be disclosed and used as fodder for partisan political purposes".

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