The New York Post reports:
President Trump’s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner used the encrypted messaging service WhatsApp as well as his personal email account to conduct official business, a top House Democrat charged Thursday.
The revelation came during a Dec. 19 meeting of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, which released the information in a letter Thursday.
Chairman Elijah Cummings wrote to White House counsel Pat Cipollone to tell him that Kushner’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, had confirmed during the meeting that Kushner “continues to use” WhatsApp to conduct White House business.
The New York Times reports:
Democrats have barely been able to contain their frustration at what they see as a dark irony in the findings — and in earlier news media reports about the couple’s use of private email accounts. Mr. Trump made Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state a central line of attack in his 2016 campaign for president. Even after the F.B.I. declined to charge Mrs. Clinton for her practices and handling of classified information, Republicans in Congress have continued to pick away at the case.
Mr. Lowell could not say if Mr. Kushner had communicated classified information on the messaging service, WhatsApp, telling lawmakers that was “above my pay grade.” He argued that because Mr. Kushner took screenshots of the communications and sent them to his official White House account or the National Security Council, his client was not in violation of federal records laws.
JUST IN: Jared Kushner’s attorney told the House Oversight Committee that Kushner uses private apps and personal email to communicate about official White House matters with foreign leaders — a violation of a law governing White House records and official policy.
— NPR (@NPR) March 21, 2019
The House Oversight Cmte told the White House today that it has obtained evidence that White House officials—including Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Steve Bannon and K.T. McFarland—used private email accounts or messaging apps to conduct official business. https://t.co/654lR0H0i4
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) March 21, 2019
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) March 21, 2019
Elijah Cummings reveals that Jared Kushner’s lawyer Abbe Lowell told the House Oversight Committee that Kushner “continues to use” WhatsApp and his personal email account to conduct official business, according to a letter obtained by Politico. https://t.co/RRfClljxPG
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 21, 2019