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Kushner Used Personal Email Account for Government Business

September 25,2017 04:07

Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and a White House senior adviser, has used his personal email account to conduct official government business, his lawyer acknowledged on Sunday. The lawyer, Abbe Lowell, said that Mr. Kushner, using the ...


He added: “These usually forwarded news articles or political commentary and most often occurred when someone initiated the exchange by sending an email to his personal, rather than his White House, address. All nonpersonal emails were forwarded to his official address and all have been preserved in any event.”
Two people who have exchanged emails with Mr. Kushner on his personal account said it was set up during the transition period, when he was stepping back from his real estate company and needed a new email address.
A government official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about Mr. Kushner’s email habits, said that unlike in the Clinton case, Mr. Kushner had not set up a private server to house the personal email account. While Mrs. Clinton used her personal account exclusively, the official said that Mr. Kushner does use his government account.
Federal rules require that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the government record.
Another person with knowledge of Mr. Kushner’s email use said that others in the administration, including Stephen K. Bannon, the former chief strategist, and Reince Priebus, the former White House chief of staff, had also used personal email accounts for what could qualify as government business. People close to both men have said such emails were not frequent.
But among West Wing officials, Mr. Kushner has received the most scrutiny over issues of transparency, in part because of omissions he made with reporters early in the administration and on a government form about his contacts with Russian officials during the transition.

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