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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpProgressive group launches M pro-Biden ad buy targeting young voters Ilhan Omar: GOP response to calls for police reform 'was vicious' White House considers sweeping travel ban on members, families of the Chinese Communist Party: report MORE on Tuesday dismissed as "fake news" reports that his daughter and senior adviser Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump shares photo with Goya Foods products after Ivanka faces criticism Watchdog group files Hatch Act complaint against Meadows White House blames 'cancel culture' for criticism of Ivanka Trump's Goya tweet 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 Clinton Ilhan Omar: GOP response to calls for police reform 'was vicious' Maine poised to allow ranked voting for president after state ruling Trump ad ties Biden to defund police effort, warns Americans 'won't be safe' 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 KushnerProgressive group launches M pro-Biden ad buy targeting young voters Trump shakes up campaign leadership, demotes Parscale Hillicon Valley: Twitter accounts of Obama, Biden, Musk, others compromised | U.S. announces sanctions on Huawei, citing human rights abuses | Pompeo 'confident' foreign adversaries will interfere in elections 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.