Congress Gets Involved in Kushner Email Investigation

Sep 26, 2017

The president’s son-in-law was revealed to have been using a personal email account to transact government business. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, joined with Democrat Elijah Cummings to request that the White House and 24 other federal agencies turn over information about the use of personal email accounts. The House Oversight Committee investigated Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server in 2015 and 2016. Kushner is alleged to have used a private email account “for occasional White House business.” Kushner released a statement saying that the emails were “forwarded to his official address and stored in accordance with policy.” According to Kushner’s attorney, “Fewer than 100 emails from January through August were either sent to or returned by Mr. Kushner to colleagues in the White House from his personal email account.” In light of the Hillary Clinton email scandal, Democrats are likely to point out the hypocrisy of a member of the Trump administration using personal email accounts to transact government business. The letter from the House Oversight Committee, asked for the names of officials who use “text messages, phone-based message applications, or encryption software.”