Ivanka: I Didn’t Know Using A Private Email Acct For Gov’t Business Was Illegal
For most of 2017, Ivanka Trump used her personal email account to correspond with White House aides and Cabinet members, the Washington Post reported last week, and the president’s daughter has explained away the misconduct by saying she simply did not know it was a potential violation of federal records law.
[I]n nearly 100 of the emails, she reportedly corresponded about official government business, though she and her representatives maintain that many of those emails were in response to people contacting Ivanka first. Ivanka claimed that she was unaware of the rules about personal email accounts. Sources told the Washington Postthat her ignorance about the rules may have been because she wasn’t looped in on White House emails reminding employees not to use their private accounts.
“While transitioning into government, after she was given an official account but until the White House provided her the same guidance they had given others who started before she did, Ms. Trump sometimes used her personal account, almost always for logistics and scheduling concerning her family,” Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Abbe Lowell, Ivanka Trump’s ethics lawyer, told the Post.
The parallels between Ivanka’s private email use and that of Hillary Clinton were quickly seized upon by the media, but Ivanka’s attorney was quick to dismiss any similarities:
According to Mirijanian, Ivanka “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.”