Trump Official Used AOL Email To Discuss Nuclear Technology Transfer To Saudis
According to documentation obtained by the House Oversight and Reform Committee, President Donald Trump’s former deputy national security adviser made use of private email to conduct official White House business — including to discuss the transfer of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.
Politico reported last year that K.T. McFarland, who served under former national security adviser Michael Flynn, used an AOL.com account to communicate with Trump confidant Tom Barrack about transferring “sensitive U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.”
Barrack in turn pitched the proposal to former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, who also used a personal email account to conduct official business.
Details about these communications were obtained when the Oversight Committee, then led by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), requested information from the White House in 2018.
Politico said revelations from the committee’s investigation, which Cummings and then-chairman Trey Gowdy uncovered, were made public this week in a letter from Cummings to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone.
“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 wrote.
Other Trump administration officials were caught up in the inquiry as well, including senior advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.
Though Gowdy led a bipartisan effort beginning in 2017 to determine whether the White House was complying with record keeping laws, Democrats were displeased with the former lawmaker’s decision not to subpoena the White House over the issue.