Trump questioned on Jared Kushner's use of WhatsApp with foreign officials

Trump questioned on Jared Kushner's use of WhatsApp with foreign officials

On March 4, the chairmen of the House committees on Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight and Reform sent a request to acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney for information regarding a Washington Post report that President Trump sought to hide notes of interpreters and linguists following meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In a letter to the White House, seen by Reuters, Cummings said Kushner's lawyer Abbe Lowell had told lawmakers that Kushner used WhatsApp for official duties, a move that would violate current law prohibiting White House officials from using non-official electronic messaging accounts.

Cummings asked the White House on Thursday for information about any appointees who have used personal email accounts, text messages, phone-based message applications or encryption software to conduct official business.

"As with all properly authorized oversight requests, the White House will review the letter and will provide a reasonable response in due course", he said.

Cummings noted that the revelations about Kushner and Trump's communications had come to light in 2017, but that "new information that raises additional security and federal records concerns" has since been obtained.

In a letter to the White House, Rep.

A probe into the use of personal email accounts at the White House is ongoing.

The president was angry with both Kushner and Ivanka Trump over using private emails in the fall of 2017 when it was first reported, the officials said.

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Thursday's request for information is part of an initial strategy by Cummings and House Democrats to launch wide-ranging investigations into the president and his administration.

Lowell also denied saying that Ivanka Trump continued to receive emails related to official business on a personal account. That would also violate the Presidential Records Act.

He said documents were due January 11, and the White House has failed to provide any additional documents for the committee's bipartisan investigation. He said he also informed the committee that Kushner complies with all protocols involving classified information.

In his letter, Cummings also singled out former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and former deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland, questioning whether they preserved documents related to a proposal to transfer nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia.

Cipollone added there is precedent going back to George Washington that gives the president control over conducting foreign affairs and that Congress does not have the right to information about conversations between the president and other world leaders.

"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".

Serious questions have been raised in the wake of the 2016 presidential election about improper contact between Trump associates and foreign officials.

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