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Mon Sep 25, 2017, 06:30 PM

Gowdy joins Democrats in probing Trump administration's use of personal email

Source: Washington Post

Gowdy joins Democrats in probing Trump administrationís use of personal email

By Mike DeBonis September 25 at 6:27 PM

The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee and its top Democrat asked the Trump administration Monday for more information about the use of personal email accounts by senior officials ó a day after it was revealed that Jared Kushner, the presidentís son-in-law and senior adviser, acknowledged using such an account for official business.

The letters, sent from Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) to White House counsel Don McGahn and the leaders of two dozen federal departments and agencies, demand answers to inquiries about the use of nonofficial email and other messaging accounts to conduct official business. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking Democrat on the panel, also joined the request.

The letters represent some of the most aggressive oversight of the Trump administration from Gowdy, who took over the reins of the Oversight Committee in June after Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) announced plans to resign his congressional seat. They come after the Republicans on the committee repeatedly questioned Democrat Hillary Clintonís use of private email, hosted on a personal server, during her tenure as secretary of state.

Kushner used his personal account to correspond dozens of times with White House colleagues, according to a statement from his attorney, Abbe Lowell. The emails, Lowell said, were forwarded to Kushnerís official White House address and thus preserved in accordance with government policies. But the report has created an uncomfortable picture for Trump, who railed against Clintonís use of private email throughout the campaign, calling at times for her to be jailed, and has continued to criticize her during his presidency.

The letters signed Monday by Gowdy and Cummings cite a Sunday report by Politico, which first reported Kushnerís use of the private account.


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