US President Donald Trump has defended his daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump, criticising the reports about her use of a personal email account while communicating with the White House administration officials as 'fake news'.
"She wasn't doing anything to hide her emails, there was no deleting like Hillary Clinton did. There was no server in the basement like Hillary Clinton had. You were talking about a whole different, you're talking about fake news," Trump told reporters at the White House.
Shortly after the reports, the Democrats said they would probe Ivanka Trump's use of a personal email account to determine whether she violated federal law.
When asked to comment on the possible probe, Trump stated that 'Ivanka can take care of herself'.
A spokesperson for Abbe Lowell, Ivanka Trump's attorney, told The Washington Post that she 'sometimes used her personal account, almost always for logistics and scheduling concerning her family' while she was entering government and stopped once she was informed of the rules surrounding email use.
Hillary Clinton reportedly used her personal email account while working as secretary of state and was forced to pass all her working correspondence (55,000 letters) to the US State Department, deleting more than 30,000 letters saying they were private.
On the basis of Clinton's correspondence, then-Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey conducted an investigation in July 2016 but found no reason to charge the presidential candidate. The investigation was reopened in October 2016, just two days before the presidential election, but Comey stated that Clinton's non-jurisdiction conclusion remains valid.