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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNYT publisher: US didn't step in to protect reporter from arrest in Egypt so paper turned to Ireland Trump instructed administration to withhold military aid for Ukraine days before call with president: report More Democrats threaten impeachment over Trump's dealings with Ukraine MORE on Tuesday dismissed as "fake news" reports that his daughter and senior adviser Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump awards Yankees legend Mariano Rivera the Medal of Freedom The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico 2020 is not a family affair, for a change 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 ClintonTrump mocks Romney with video contrasting their presidential bids Whistleblower fuels impeachment talk Let's get real: Democrats were first to enlist Ukraine in US elections 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 KushnerTrump officials mull plan to divert billions more to border wall: report California trip shows Trump doesn't always hate the media Trump's 'soldier of fortune' foreign policy 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.