House Dems to investigate Ivanka Trump's email use

Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are planning to look into Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump and allies grapple with how to target Harris Kanye West meets with Jared Kushner amid White House bid: report Trump donations to Harris attorney general campaign gain renewed attention after VP announcement MORE’s use of a personal email account to determine whether she violated federal law.

A Democratic aide told The Hill on Tuesday that the committee is planning “to continue our investigation of the presidential records act and federal records act, and we want to know if Ivanka complied with the law.”

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The Washington Post reported Monday that the president’s daughter and White House aide had used her personal account last year to correspond with White House staffers, her assistants and Cabinet officials, in potential violation of federal records law.

A spokesperson for Trump's lawyer told the Post that while she was transitioning into a government position, she "sometimes used her personal account, almost always for logistics and scheduling concerning her family."

He said that the emails have since been forwarded to her official government account in order to comply with the federal records law.

Trump's husband, White House adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey Kushner5 takeaways from Israel and UAE opening diplomatic ties Kushner says he met with Kanye West for 'general discussion' about policy The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Harris make first public appearance as running mates MORE, also came under scrutiny last year after Politico reported that he used a private email account to conduct official White House business after the election. The Post report stated that Trump had used an email account from a domain that she shares with Kushner.

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsTrump rips Bill Maher as 'exhausted, gaunt and weak' Bill Maher delivers mock eulogy for Trump The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden comes to Washington to honor John Lewis MORE (D-Md.), the ranking member of the oversight panel and its likely chairman in the next congressional session, said in a statement later Monday that it had started a bipartisan investigation last year into White House staffers' use of personal email and whether they were in compliance with records law, "but the White House never gave us the information we requested."

"We need those documents to ensure that Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and other officials are complying with federal records laws and there is a complete record of the activities of this Administration," Cummings said. "My goal is to prevent this from happening again— not to turn this into a spectacle the way Republicans went after Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal Gloria Steinem: Selection of Kamala Harris recognizes that 'black women ... are the heart and soul of the Democratic Party' MORE."

The House Oversight Committee had also requested information from the White House last year about Kushner's use of a personal email account. The White House declined to provide further details at the time, citing an internal review that was underway.

The Democratic aide also noted on Tuesday that the committee had started a bipartisan investigation last year on whether White House officials were in compliance with the Presidential Records Act under then-committee Chairman Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzThe myth of the conservative bestseller Elijah Cummings, Democratic chairman and powerful Trump critic, dies at 68 House Oversight panel demands DeVos turn over personal email records MORE (R-Utah), who has since retired from Congress. GOP members are no longer actively pursuing it, however.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE and Republicans had repeatedly slammed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server to conduct government business.

The president used the controversy to attack his then-Democratic opponent during the 2016 presidential race, leading chants of “lock her up” at campaign rallies that continue to break out during his more recent rallies.

--This report was updated at 2:10 p.m.