Ivanka Trump defends her use of a private email account

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner arrive for the annual turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 20, 2018. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump defended her use of a private email account as she was moving into an adviser’s position in her father’s administration, saying it cannot be compared to the flap over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

“All of my emails are stored and preserved. There were no deletions,” President Donald Trump’s elder daughter and adviser told ABC News in an interview broadcast Wednesday.

The Washington Post reported this month that Ivanka Trump sent hundreds of emails about government business from a personal email account last year to White House aides, Cabinet members and her assistant, many in violation of public records rules.

“There is no restriction of using personal email,” she said. “In fact, we’re instructed that if we receive an email to our personal account that could relate to government work, you simply just forward it to your government account so it can be archived.”

Clinton used a personal email account linked to a private server at her home in Chappaqua, a New York City suburb, during her time as the top U.S. diplomat under President Barack Obama. The FBI found classified information in some of the emails that were sent or received through her private server.

Clinton deleted thousands of emails that she and her lawyers decided were personal or unrelated to her work as secretary of state before she turned over thousands of other emails to federal investigators. She said she had been unaware of rules against using private email to conduct the public’s business.

Donald Trump harshly criticized Clinton, his 2016 Democratic presidential rival, for her use of the private email server. Trump dubbed her “Crooked Hillary” and repeatedly said, including to her face, that she belonged in jail. At his campaign rallies, chants of “Lock her up!” rang out.

Ivanka Trump was asked by ABC News, “So the idea of ‘Lock her up!’ doesn’t apply to you?”

“No,” she replied.

Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill plan to scrutinize Ivanka Trump’s personal email use. The Republican chairmen of Senate and House oversight committees — as well as a top House Democrat who will be wielding a gavel when his party takes power in January — have called on the White House to provide more information about the email account and the nature of her messages.

That would renew Republican-led congressional probes that had languished since last year when reports by Politico revealed that Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, and other White House officials had been using private email for government purposes in possible violation of the Presidential Records Act and other federal record-keeping laws.

On other issues, Ivanka Trump said she is not worried about legal exposure for herself, her father or anyone else in her family with regards to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

“I know the facts as they relate to me and my family, and so I have nothing to be concerned about,” she said.

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5 comments

  • C

    In this article published by the AP, the Washington Post is cited as a source of information. Laughable. One lying organization using another lying organization to inform the public. Typical Democrat strategy. Tell a lie and then the Republicans have to prove it’s untrue. That’s why it’s called “fake news”.

    • Wing#1

      C
      Your just as full of crap as #45
      Always cry fake news. Wake up and smell the roses
      #45 is guilty of sexual conduct Ivanka is guilty of using private emails
      You just can not handle the Truth

      • C

        At the time in question she was a civilian using a personal email account for personal business. At the time Hillary was using her personal email account to conduct government business as Secretary of State. To try to talk any sense to you is an exercise in futility because your personal hatred for Trump prevents you from ever seeing things clearly and is a waste of my time.

        • Wing#1

          Think again she is using it after trumpyboy got into the white House so get your facts straight before you make any more stupid comments

          • C

            What Hillary did is documented except for the emails that she deleted before turning her information over to the FBI. She was using her personal computer in her private residence. She was a member of the cabinet of an elected President. Ivanka Trump is not and never has been in any position to have access to the information that Hillary did, and I’m sure that if need be, she would provide any emails to the FBI and that it would not be edited to cover her rear end.