Ivanka Trump sent hundreds of emails from personal her personal email address to perform government business in 2017, many of them in violation of federal records rules, according to individuals familiar with a White House investigation of her correspondence.
When questioned about her use of private email, Ivanka Trump, said individuals with knowledge of her reaction to the investigation, claimed she was not familiar with some details of the rules, adding that she made sure that emails pertaining to government business, which she sent using a private email account with a domain she shares with her husband, Jared Kushner, were archived.
Ivanka Trump’s father, President Donald Trump, before, during and since the 2016 presidential election made Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server a primary focus. The topic and the phrase “Lock her up!” has become a rallying cry for many who regard Clinton as untrustworthy. The president has often referred to Clinton as “Crooked Hillary” on Twitter and during interviews. It could be argued that the president built much of his political legitimacy on his opponent’s use of a private email server.
Her reaction has left many crying foul; they further accused her and the Trump administration of hypocrisy.
Because they never actually cared about Hillary Clinton's "email problem." It was all fake outrage. https://t.co/zcv0C913lT
— Anne Applebaum (@anneapplebaum) November 20, 2018
So Ivanka Trump is guilty of precisely the same misdemeanour for which her father and his supporters insisted Hilary Clinton should be jailed. And the media still hasn't worked out how to process the unprecedented scale of his hypocrisy and corruption.
— James O'Brien (@mrjamesob) November 20, 2018
It looks like Ivanka is guilty of a similar wrongdoing Trump demanded Hillary was "locked up" for in 2016. This is government by hypocrisy on an unprecedented scale. https://t.co/UymIIELxdi
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) November 20, 2018
What scares me is not that the White House won't see the hypocrisy of #IvankasEmails, but that people I know don't.
— Amy McGuire 🌊 (@amyTmcg) November 20, 2018
You can’t make this stuff up. Not after that gang did the “Lock Her Up!” chant against Hillary for two solid years so Ivanka could become First Daughter. Above the law, just like daddy. Disgusting hardly says it.https://t.co/R9CfZWX2tT
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) November 19, 2018
#IvankasEmails The whole Ivanka email situation just reflects the utter incompetence of the Trump administration in actually administering anything. The sloppy practices that characterized the mom-and-pop real estate shop don't work for running the country.
— Kurt Schwitters (@Schwitters_News) November 20, 2018
The White House referred requests for comment to Abbe Lowell, Ivanka Trump’s attorney and ethics counsel.
Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Lowell, acknowledged that Ivanka Trump occasionally used her private email before she was briefed on the rules. He stressed, however, that none of her emails––she discussed politics and official government business fewer than 100 times––contained classified information.
“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,” he said in a statement.
Mirijanian said Ivanka Trump turned over all government-related emails so they could be be archived in compliance with federal records rules. He said that she never used a private email server in her home or office, saying: “Ms. Trump 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.”
Ivanka Trump’s use of private email after Austin Evers, executive director of the liberal watchdog group American Oversight, filed records requests. He cast doubt on her explanation that she was not aware of the rules regarding government officials’ use of private email.
“There’s the obvious hypocrisy that her father ran on the misuse of personal email as a central tenet of his campaign,” Evers said. “There is no reasonable suggestion that she didn’t know better. Clearly everyone joining the Trump administration should have been on high alert about personal email use.”