Presidential senior adviser/son-in-law Jared Kushner has been using a private account to correspond with other White House officials about official business, Politico reported.
The account was reportedly set up in December, during the presidential transition. Politico reported that Kushner had verified around two dozen emails from that private account about issues like media planning and event coverage.
“Mr. Kushner uses his White House email address to conduct White House business,” Kushner’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, said in a statement. “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. 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.”
The officials whom Kushner had corresponded with included former chief of staff Reince Priebus, former chief strategist Steve Bannon and chief economic adviser Gary Cohn.
During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly criticized Hillary Clinton for using an insecure private email for official business while serving as secretary of state.
Kushner’s representatives declined to explain the Kushner account’s security measures when asked by Politico.
Ivanka Trump uses the same domain as Kushner, but Politico reported that there were no indications that she had used it for official business.