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Kushner used private email account for White House communications, say reports

Trump’s senior adviser had set up the account with his wife Ivanka in the weeks before the US president’s inauguration.

world Updated: Sep 25, 2017 21:09 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Washington
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File photo of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.(AP)

US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has used a private email account for official White House communications, according to news reports that included a confirmation by his lawyer.

Kushner is reported to have around 100 such emails from his private account — sometimes alongside those from his official account — for sending political commentary, reports and event management details to White House colleague and outsiders.

He had set up the account along with his wife Ivanka Trump in the weeks before Trump’s inauguration and has continued to use it since.

“Mr Kushner uses his White House email address to conduct White House business,” Politico quoted Kushner’s lawyer Abbe Lowell as saying. “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.”

Trump had attacked his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton savagely for her use of a private email account as secretary of state in predecessor Barack Obama’s administration, and the FBIs investigations into it and some untimely disclosures about its conclusions are cited among key reasons for her elections defeat.

First Published: Sep 25, 2017 21:09 IST