Cummings seeks answers from Kushner, Ivanka on transferred email accounts

Cummings seeks answers from Kushner, Ivanka on transferred email accounts
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The top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee is requesting an immediate briefing from Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner on the transfer of their personal email accounts to the Trump Organization, which took place after reports that the couple used private email accounts after President Trump's inauguration.

In a letter sent Thursday to the two White House advisers, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) scolded Trump and Kushner for the transfer, which he said took place after he sent a separate letter asking that they prevent the deletion or "relocation" of records that might have been sent over the private accounts. 

“If these reports are accurate, they raise serious questions about your actions,” Cummings wrote in the letter.


“Although there may be legitimate reasons for transferring email accounts to different servers, neither you nor anyone from the White House contacted the Committee before you took these steps, despite the fact that you had received our letters before you reportedly took these actions.”

Cummings also raised questions about why the transfer to the Trump Organization had taken place given Trump's claims that she had halted all business with her family's company to avoid a conflict of interest. 

Trump is the president's older daughter, and Kushner is her husband.

The Democrat noted that the accounts had been rerouted less than 48 hours after he and Oversight Chairman Trey GowdyTrey GowdyTrey Gowdy sets goal of avoiding ideological echo chamber with Fox News show Fox News signs Trey Gowdy, Dan Bongino for new shows Pompeo rebukes Biden's new foreign policy MORE (R-S.C.) had asked Kushner and Trump in a letter not to transfer any email records.

Cummings also raised the question of whether any classified or sensitive information might have been sent in emails from the private accounts.

In a separate letter to the FBI, Cummings asked investigators to “conduct a security review to determine whether any classified or sensitive information was transmitted or stored on private email accounts or nongovernmental servers by senior White House officials.”

And in two more letters, Cummings also directed both the Trump Organization and GoDaddy, which housed the email accounts before being rerouted, to preserve the email records.  

Reports surfaced earlier this month that Trump and Kushner have used at least three private email accounts during their time as top White House advisers.

Two other Democratic lawmakers, Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Don Beyer (D-Va.), are calling for Trump's security clearance to be revoked amid reports that have created "credibility issues."