Fox News contributor: ‘Unforgivable’ for Ivanka Trump to use private email after witnessing 2016 campaign

Fox News contributor Marc Thiessen said Monday that it was “unforgivable” for the president's daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpPrivate equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill On The Money: Economy sheds 701K jobs in March | Why unemployment checks could take weeks | Confusion surrounds 9B in small-business loans MORE, to use a private email address to conduct government business after witnessing the 2016 campaign.

Thiessen, a columnist for The Washington Post, appeared on a Fox News panel to discuss the paper's report that Trump sent emails to government officials from her personal account in 2017.

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“Was she not around for the 2016 campaign?” Thiessen asked. 

Thiessen said the issue differed from Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe two infectious diseases spreading across America Former Clinton staffers invited to celebrate Sanders dropping out: report Sanders exit leaves deep disappointment on left MORE’s use of a private email server when she worked as secretary of State under former President Obama. Still, he said Trump had watched her father, then a Republican presidential candidate, and his base attack Clinton about her use of a private email server throughout the 2016 presidential election.

“Was she not there when the Trump rally people were saying 'lock her up?' ” Thiessen asked. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE used the controversy surrounding Clinton's use of a private email server to attack her during the 2016 presidential race, leading chants of “lock her up” at campaign rallies that have continued to break out in his more recent rallies.

Ivanka Trump reportedly said she was unaware that her use of a private email address would violate records rules. 

“Her excuse was she wasn’t briefed on it, she didn’t understand the rules,” he continued. “Any American could have told you that was paying half attention to the 2016 election that we understand the rules are if you’re in a high government position you don’t use your private emails.”

Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Trump attorney and ethics counsel Abbe Lowell, told the Post that Ivanka Trump’s personal email use differed from Clinton’s.

“Ms. Trump did not create a private server in her house or office, no classified information was ever included, the account was never transferred at Trump Organization, and no emails were ever deleted,” Mirijanian said, noting that Ivanka Trump turned over her emails about government-related business months ago.

Ivanka Trump reportedly sent hundreds of emails about White House business and her official schedule to administration aides, Cabinet officials and her personal assistants. 

They were discovered when White House ethics officials reviewed emails gathered last fall by five Cabinet agencies in response to a public records lawsuit.

Ivanka Trump, and her husband Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerHillicon Valley: Google bans Zoom from its work computers | Dem cautions White House against using surveillance to fight virus | Lawmakers push House leaders on remote voting Senate Democrat presses White House on reported coronavirus surveillance system efforts Trump shakes up White House communications team MORE, set up a domain called “ijkfamily.com” through a Microsoft system in December 2016 as they prepared to move to Washington, The Post reported.

Jessica Tarlov, another Fox News contributor, said it was surprising that they would “knowingly” make a separate domain.

“This wasn’t like they were using their old Gmail accounts,” she said. “This actually proactively proactively went and created this.”

Tarlov agreed that the incident was different to Clinton's but said the panel wasn’t there "to litigate Hillary’s email server.”

“This was an avoidable mistake,” she added.

Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are planning to investigate Ivanka Trump’s use of a personal email account to determine whether she violated federal law.