Cummings says Ivanka Trump not preserving all official communications

Cummings says Ivanka Trump not preserving all official communications
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House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsWhite House moves to block official from congressional testimony despite subpoena The Hill's Morning Report - Dem candidates sell policy as smart politics On The Money: Cain withdraws from Fed consideration | Says he didn't want 'pay cut' | Trump sues to block subpoena for financial records | Dems plot next move in Trump tax-return battle MORE (D-Md.) said Thursday that White House aide 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 has not complied with federal laws requiring her to preserve all official email communications.

Cummings said in a letter to the White House counsel that Trump’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, told the committee last year that emails are not preserved if Trump did not respond to them. The Maryland Democrat said that is an apparent violation of the Presidential Records Act.

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


Trump used a private email account to discuss business from the White House, sending hundreds of emails about her official business and schedule to aides, Cabinet officials and personal assistants, The Washington Post reported in November.

Shortly after winning control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections, a Democratic aide told The Hill that the Oversight and Reform Committee planned to look into Trump's email use of a personal email account.

The law, Cummings wrote in Thursday's letter, “requires that a covered employee forward ‘a complete copy of the Presidential or Vice Presidential record to an official electronic messaging account of the President, Vice President or covered employee not later than 20 days after the original creation or transmission of the Presidential or Vice Presidential record.' ”

He called on White House counsel Pat Cipollone to identify how many emails to and from Trump’s personal email account referred to or related to official business, and to certify if and how each of those emails was preserved and archived, as well as whether they contained sensitive or classified information.

Cummings also said the White House should provide a detailed description of the electronic system it uses to archive email and other electronic records.

In the same letter, Cummings said the committee has learned senior White House adviser and President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE’s son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump claims Mueller didn't speak to those 'closest' to him It is wrong to say 'no collusion' The Hill's Morning Report - Is impeachment back on the table? MORE, who is married to Ivanka Trump, has conducted official government business using the encrypted message service WhatsApp.