Democrats today are calling for a probe into Ivanka Trump’s possible misuse of a personal email account to conduct government business. While the similarities between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s own email controversy obviously exist, it is not yet known if the president’s daughter committed any crime.
A recent White House review found that Ivanka Trump has potentially violated the law in her use of a personal email account to conduct government business less than 100 times in 2017. The email account is under a domain shared with her husband Jared Kushner who is also a top White House adviser and may have also inappropriately used the private domain for his government work.
The similarities between Ivanka’s possible infraction and Hillary Clinton’s dubious activity are quickly being seized upon by top news organizations and Democrats who suggest an investigation is needed. Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign was plagued with accusations of impropriety revolving around her unauthorized use of a private email server maintained at her New York estate during her time as Secretary of State. Clinton’s mishandling of her emails resulted in top secret classified government documents being hacked by Chinese state actors in 2015 according to the Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General.
Although it was discovered that her email had been hacked, and she actively destroyed email evidence of her activities, the FBI’s director at the time (James Comey) recommended no charges be filed against Clinton. To date the former secretary of state has not been tried, or convicted of any crimes relating to the improprieties of her email handling.
As comparisons grow between Ivanka and former Secretary Clinton’s email controversies, Ivanka Trump’s ethics attorney Abbe Lowell’s spokesperson Peter Mirijanian told the Washington post that Ivanka’s misuse of her personal email is different.
He stated, “While transitioning into government, after she was given an official account but until the White House provided her the same guidance they had given others who started before she did, Ms. Trump sometimes used her personal account, almost always for logistics and scheduling concerning her family.”
According to the Post Mr Mirijanian also asserted that, Ivanka’s emails did not contain any classified material and she has already turned over all of the improperly sent emails in a good faith effort to retroactively comply with presidential record keeping laws during the time she was unaware of them.