A slew of Trump administration officials were found to have used private email to conduct official business, according to a publicly released letter from House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), and one of those officials was Stephen Bannon.
According to the letter, Bannon — President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist — and former deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland discussed the transfer of sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, both using private email accounts.
Newsweek reported on Thursday that Cummings’ letter, addressed to White House counsel Pat Cipollone, claimed his committee possesses documents showing that McFarland used an AOL email account to communicate with White House officials and Trump associate Tom Barrack about the sensitive issue.
Bannon, in turn, received emails from Barrack about the transfer at his own personal email address, Cummings said, writing, "These communications appear to be sent while Mr. Bannon worked at the White House in order to inform Mr. Bannon's official work relating to developing 'broader middle east policy.”
Cummings requested further information and documentation from the White House by April 4, which included “information on officials who used personal email addresses, text messages, messaging services or encryption software to conduct official business.”
At issue, the lawmaker wrote, is what such "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."
Others caught up in the matter included White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who allegedly communicated via the encrypted messaging service WhatsApp along with personal email.