White House conducts internal probe over private email accounts


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The White House that campaigned largely on Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server now apparently has the same internal problem. According to Politico, the White House has launched an internal probe into the use of private email accounts citing officials within the executive branch. This also comes after it was revealed this week that White House aides including Jared Kushner used private email addresses to conduct government business over the past year.

Per Politico:

Of particular interest is Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s private email domain, because they still work in the White House, two officials said. Accounts of other White House officials are also being reviewed.

The probe could take several weeks or even months to complete, according to one of these people, as officials are searching for all emails sent or received about government business. The White House counsel’s office is reviewing the accounts to determine if the messages are germane to any investigations such as the ongoing Russia probes by Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller, one of these people said.

Politico also previously reported that in addition to Kushner his wife Ivanka Trump, Gary Cohn, Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus all used private accounts. Meanwhile Kushner’s lawyer Abbe Lowell mentioned that fewer than 100 emails pertaining to government business were on the private email server all of which were forwarded to government addresses. Furthermore it hasn’t been determined if any classified or sensitive material was shared using a private email address as of yet.

Publicly the White House refused to fully comment on the matter only saying “the White House instructs staff to fully comply with the Presidential Records Act and briefs staff on the need to preserve records.”

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