Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, used a private email account to conduct White House business, Kushner’s lawyer said in a statement to Politico.
According to Politico, Kushner, who is also the president’s son-in-law, used a private email account to communicate with White House officials. The account was set up during Trump’s transition to the White House, but Kushner continued to use the account after Trump took office. The email account is part of a “private family domain” Kushner shares with his wife, Ivanka Trump.
Kushner used the private account to communicate with former chief of staff Reince Priebus, former chief strategist Steve Bannon, National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, and spokesman Josh Raffel, according to Politico.
The report sparked comparisons to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct official business as secretary of state.
What did Kushner’s lawyer say?
Abbe Lowell, a lawyer for Kushner, said in a Sunday statement that “Mr. Kushner uses his White House email address to conduct White House business.”
“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,” Lowell said. “These usually forwarded news articles or political commentary and most often occurred when someone initiated the exchange by sending an email to his personal rather than his White House address.”
Did Kushner share classified information on the email account?
The report noted that “there is no indication that Kushner has shared any sensitive or classified material on his private account.”