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    The Politico reported that Trump’s husband Jared Kushner, a White House adviser, used private email to conduct government business; US Congressman Elijah Cummings has warned Kushner not to destroy any messages from his personal account.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — President's Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has been asked to preserve any official emails sent or received on his private email account for investigative purposes, ranking Democrat on the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Elijah Cummings said in a letter to Kushner on Monday.

    The letter noted that an article in Politico reported Kushner had used a personal email account for government business, and that report was confirmed by Kushner's attorney.

    Kushner should provide the email addresses for all accounts used to conduct official business since Trump took office, all communication involved the security of his private family domain, as well the names, dates and email addresses of everyone he conducted business with through personal email, among others, the letter added.

    According to the advocacy group American Oversight, Kushner's wife and White House adviser Ivanka Trump also used a personal email account to discuss official government business.

    "Emails released by the Small Business Administration (SBA) show Ms. Trump directly emailed SBA [Small Business Administration] Administrator Linda McMahon on February 28th using a private address to discuss her initiative on women’s entrepreneurship," the release stated.

    The emails were provided to American Oversight by the SBA in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIS) request submitted by the watchdog group in March seeking documents related to Ivanka Trump’s role in the administration, the release explained.

    The issue has resonance because of the scandal over former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s exclusive use of personal email while serving as former President Barack Obama’s first secretary of state — an issue that contributed to Clinton’s defeat by President Donald Trump. The FBI concluded that Clinton had been extremely careless in handling her emails, but recommended that no criminal charges be filed against her.


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