White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump reportedly sent numerous emails related to government affairs using a personal email address, potentially in violation of records laws, according to a Washington Post report published Monday.
The first daughter was found to have sent hundreds of messages from her private email address to numerous White House aides, officials, and assistants, after a public-records lawsuit prompted a White House ethics invesitgation, The Post reported, citing people familiar with the situation.
Ivanka took on her unpaid White House role in March 2017. Her spokesman, Abbe Lowell, claimed “sometimes used her personal account, almost always for logistics and scheduling concerning her family,” according to a statement from a spokesman for Abbe Lowell, Trump’s attorney.
The spokesman asserted that none of the first daughter’s emails contained classified information.
Lowell also claimed that Ivanka did not receive “the same guidance” after assuming her role as other government employees have.
Ivanka claimed she was unaware of the White House’s email policy, and was found to have not received reminders from the White House forbidding private emails, sources said to The Post.
Her frequent use of her private email address concerned aides, including one former senior official who described her as “the worst offender in the White House.”
Some government officials, including Treasury official Dan Kowalski, were reportedly familiar with Ivanka’s personal email address, but not her official one.
“I apologize for reaching out to you on your personal email for this, but it is the only email I have for you,” Kowalski said in an April 2017 email obtained by government watchdog group American Oversight.
“For future reference my [White House] email is [redacted],” Ivanka Trump said in her reply. “Thanks for reaching out and making this introduction.”
The emails were sent using the “ijkfamily.com” domain, which was registered in December 2016, shortly before Donald Trump took office. Emails were checked for security concerns, including viruses, by the Trump Organization, sources told The Post.
Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner’s private email accounts were scrutinized after earlier reportssuggested Kushner had corresponded with White House officials, prompting congressional investigators to request a retainment of the emails.