Jared Kushner uses the encrypted messaging service WhatsApp to conduct official White House business, according who Representative Elijah Cummings, who on Thursday made public testimony made late last year before the House Oversight Committee by Kushner’s private attorney.
The attorney, Abbe Lowell, acknowledged to the committee that Kushner “continues to use” WhatsApp for official business, according to a letter Cummings sent Thursday. Lowell said that Kushner sends screenshots of the messages to White House accounts.
Lowell also said that Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner’s wife and President Trump’s daughter, received official White House emails on a personal email account.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email account for government business while she served as Secretary of State was a major political issue, and the subject of months of criticism by the Trump campaign and others.
The revelations come in the course of an ongoing investigation by the committee, which Cummings leads, into possible Trump administration violations of the Presidential Records Act, which requires the preservation of presidential records.
Josh Nathan-Kazis is a staff writer for the Forward. He covers charities and politics, and writes investigations and longform.
Jared Kushner Uses WhatsApp For Official Business