Trump's Son-In-Law Uses WhatsApp For Official Business, Says His Lawyer

Cummings: Ivanka Trump not preserving all official email

In a letter sent to House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and obtained by Fox News, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone said that "the committees' letters cite no legal authority for the proposition that another branch of the government can force the president to disclose diplomatic communications with foreign leaders or that supports forcing disclosure of the confidential internal deliberations of the president's national security advisors". On Tuesday, Cummings accused the White House of perpetrating "an unprecedented level of stonewalling, delay and obstruction" in response to congressional requests for documents and witnesses.

Earlier this month, three House Democrats requested that the White House and State Department turn over detailed information about any communications between Trump and Putin.

The congressman also said Lowell told his committee that Ivanka Trump - the president's daughter, Kushner's wife and a White House adviser - continued to receive emails related to official business on a personal email account.

The dispute arose as Cummings also released information about Kushner's use of WhatsApp and raised questions about personal email accounts used by other former senior White House aides to discuss a proposal to transfer US nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia.

"Our Committees are in receipt of the White House Counsel's letter, which continues a troubling pattern by the Trump Administration of rejecting legitimate and necessary congressional oversight with no regard for precedent or the constitution", the chairmen said.

He suggested the committee contact the White House or National Security Council for more information.

"In fact, as you know, the White House has not produced a single piece of paper to the committee in the 116th Congress - in this or any other investigation", Mr Cummings wrote, referring to the current session of Congress, when Democrats took control of the House. Lowell said he was referring to Trump's email use before September 2017 and that he told committee staff that now "she always forwards official business to her White House account". Cummings says that appears to violate the Presidential Records Act.

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Hillary Clinton was criticized by Republicans throughout the 2016 presidential campaign for using a private email to conduct official business during part of her tenure as secretary of state in the Obama administration.

Cummings added that Lowell also said his other client, Ivanka, sends personals email messages relating to her duties to her official White House email account only when she responds to them.

The White House has rejected a request by Democratic lawmakers to provide information about President Donald Trump's communications with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to media reports on Thursday.

Bannon also received a January 29, 2017, email from Barrack that Cummings said was a pitch of the plan sent to inform "Bannon's official work relating to developing 'broader Middle East policy'".

A White House official confirmed to CNN that the White House has received the letter and is reviewing it. Bannon could not be reached for comment.

Regarding Mr Trump's communications with Mr Putin, Mr Cummings, House Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff and Foreign Affairs chairman Eliot Engel say they are examining the substance of in-person meetings and phone calls, the effects on foreign policy, and whether anyone has sought to hide those communications.

"And foreign leaders must be assured of this as well", Cipollone added.

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