Trump says Ivanka emails 'fake news' and unlike Clinton controversy

President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE on Tuesday dismissed as "fake news" reports that his daughter and senior adviser Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpLawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to allow new parents to advance tax credits Jane Fonda says she feels 'sad' for Trump Hillicon Valley: Google to limit political ad targeting | Senators scrutinize self-driving car safety | Trump to 'look at' Apple tariff exemption | Progressive lawmakers call for surveillance reforms | House panel advances telecom bills MORE may have violated federal law by using a personal email account to conduct government business.

In his first comments on the story, President Trump rejected parallels to his 2016 Democratic opponent Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThree legal scholars say Trump should be impeached; one thinks otherwise Report: Barr attorney can't provide evidence Trump was set up by DOJ Jayapal pushes back on Gaetz's questioning of impeachment witness donations to Democrats MORE's private email setup because he said his daughter’s emails did not contain classified information and she did not use an extensive home server.

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"She wasn’t doing anything to hide her emails," Trump said of his daughter while speaking to reporters at the White House.

"There was no deleting like Hillary Clinton did," the president continued. "There was no server in the basement like Hillary Clinton had. You were talking about a whole different, you're talking about fake news."

Critics of the president, and even some of his supporters, called the arrangement hypocritical because Trump used the email issue to hammer Clinton during the 2016 campaign. Trump supporters still chant "lock her up!" at campaign rallies, a callback to one of the president's signature lines during the race.

House Democrats announced they would investigate Ivanka Trump's use of a personal email account to determine whether she violated federal law.

Asked about any forthcoming probes, the president responded: "Ivanka can take care of herself."

The president said that all of his daughter's emails regarding government business have been transferred to her government account in order to comply with the Presidential Records Act, claiming "everything is there."

The Washington Post set off a firestorm of controversy around Ivanka Trump when it reported that she used a personal email account shared with her husband and top White House adviser, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerDemocrat calls for investigation of possible 'inappropriate influence' by Trump in border wall contract Judge temporarily halts construction of a private border wall in Texas Mueller witness linked to Trump charged in scheme to illegally funnel money to Clinton campaign MORE, to correspond with administration officials.

A spokesperson for Abbe Lowell, Ivanka Trump's attorney, told the paper 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 rules surrounding email use.

Ivanka Trump was spotted exiting the White House shortly after her father spoke but she did not respond to shouted questions about her email use.