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 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’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 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, 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 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.), 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 ClintonImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Former Bush assistant: Mueller report makes Obama look 'just plain bad' Seth Rich's brother calls for those pushing conspiracy to 'take responsibility' 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 ChaffetzLawmakers contemplate a tough political sell: Raising their pay Top Utah paper knocks Chaffetz as he mulls run for governor: ‘His political career should be over’ Boehner working on memoir: report MORE (R-Utah), who has since retired from Congress. GOP members are no longer actively pursuing it, however.

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 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.