Kushner accused of using WhatsApp, personal email to conduct official business

The House Oversight and Reform Committee has obtained information that senior White House adviser and President TrumpDonald John TrumpImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Feds say marijuana ties could prevent immigrants from getting US citizenship Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll MORE's son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent House Dem calls on lawmakers to 'insulate' election process following Mueller report Mueller considered charging campaign aides in Trump Tower meeting but lacked evidence MORE has used WhatsApp and his personal email to conduct official government business.

Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsDem lawmaker: 'Quite clear' Trump committed impeachable offenses Cummings on impeachment: 'We may very well come to that' Democrats should be careful wielding more investigations MORE (D-Md.) wrote in a letter to White House counsel Pat Cipollone on Thursday that the panel gained confirmation from Kushner’s attorney Abbe Lowell in December of last year that Kushner "continues to use" the encrypted message service for government business.

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The panel is inquiring whether Kushner, his wife Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpA Trump visit to Africa is important — and carries some urgency On The Money: Cain 'very committed' to Fed bid despite opposition | Pelosi warns no US-UK trade deal if Brexit harms Irish peace | Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job MORE, and other members of the Trump administration may have violated the Presidential Records Act. 

Cummings also blasted the White House for failing to provide his committee with documents that he says he has repeatedly requested.

"The White House's failure to provide documents and information is obstructing the Committee's investigation into allegations of violations of federal records laws by White House officials," Cummings wrote. 

"In fact, as you know, the White House has not produced a single piece of paper to the Committee in the 116th Congress—in this or any other investigation," he continued.

The chairman also claims Lowell confirmed that Ivanka Trump received official work emails on her personal email account that she has failed to forward back to her official email account, something he notes is required by law.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cummings, who flashed the power of the subpoena, says he is asking the White House to confirm by March 28 whether the White House plans to "comply voluntarily with its requests or whether the Committee should consider alternative means to obtain the information it needs to conduct its investigation."