According to Politico, House Democrats are concerned that Kushner has been using WhatsApp and his personal email to conduct official business. This was revealed in a December 19 meeting, and it was made public Thursday by the House Oversight and Reform Committee. The meeting was between Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Rep. Trey Gowdy, the former chairman of the oversight panel, and Kushner’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell.
Cummings, who is now the leader of the Oversight Committee, confirmed in a letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone that Lowell told the two legislators that Kushner “continues to use” WhatsApp for official business. Lowell was unsure if Kushner used WhatsApp to transmit classified information.
Lowell said, “That’s above my pay grade.”
Lowell continued to say that Kushner is compliant with recordkeeping laws, because Kushner takes screenshots of his messages and sends them to his White House email.
Kushner allegedly communicates with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman via WhatsApp. Kushner was placed in charge of Middle East policies by President Trump.
The Oversight Committee is demanding many new documents from Kushner and other White House officials. Cummings wants the documents by April 4, and said he may issue subpoenas if the White House doesn’t comply.
Lowell also told Cummings that Ivanka Trump, a top advisor to President Trump, also uses her personal email account for business. Cummings says Ivanka may be violating the Presidential Records Act because she isn’t forwarding emails to her official White House email account for government-related matters.
The Oversight Committee also obtained a document which shows that former deputy national security advisor K.T. McFarland used an AOL.com account for White House business. McFarland was communicating with chairman of the president’s Inaugural Committee, Tom Barrack, about transferring “sensitive U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.” Barrack shared his idea with Bannon through Bannon’s personal email account.
“These communications raise questions about whether these officials complied with the Presidential Records Act and whether the White House identified this personal email use during its internal review and took steps to address it,” Cummings said.