Ivanka Trump, oldest daughter and senior adviser to President Trump, said in an interview with ABC News on Wednesday that there is no comparison between her own personal email use for government work and that of Hillary Clinton’s now famous email scandal from 2016. Ms. Trump went on record saying,
“All of my emails are stored and preserved. There were no deletions. There is no attempt to hide. There’s no equivalency to what my father’s spoken about.”
Lawmakers across party lines have been pushing for an investigation since reports broke last week that Ivanka had used her personal email to conduct administration business all throughout 2017. Those same lawmakers, along with much of the general public, claim that Ms. Trump’s careless use of email is not unlike the Clinton email issue that President Trump and others used to level Hillary’s presidential campaign in 2016.
Ivanka went on to say in the interview, “There is no restriction of using personal email… In fact, we’re instructed that if we receive an email to our personal account that could relate to government work, you simply just forward it to your government account so it can be archived.”
No surprise to hear that the President is coming to the quick defense of his daughter saying last week that he has looked into the situation and regarding her emails, “they’re all in presidential records”.
Aside from the obvious security concerns this raises, there is the question of whether or not this does actually violate a law regarding the preservation of communication for presidential record.
Congress is continuing to investigate with democrat and republican members alike calling for more information on the matter. With the control of the House officially switching back to the Democrats in January 2019, there is little doubt that this will be a major issue in the coming months.