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House Oversight Committee Plans to Probe Ivanka Trump’s Private Email Use

The House Oversight Committee plans to investigate whether White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump “violated federal law” when she used her personal email account to discuss official business last year, The Washington Post reports. On Tuesday, the committee’s incoming chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) told the newspaper the White House did not cooperate in the committee’s last attempted probe into Trump officials’ use of personal email accounts. “We need those documents to ensure that Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and other officials are complying with federal records laws and there is a complete record of the activities of this Administration,” Cummings said, adding that the committee wanted to “prevent” this situation from happening again rather than “turn this into a spectacle the way Republicans went after Hillary Clinton.” Later Tuesday, outgoing House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) requested information and a briefing from the White House about Trump's personal email use. The Post reports Trump used her personal account to “contact Cabinet officials” in early 2017. After the discovery within the White House, Trump reportedly told aides that she was not aware of the “details” of the rules regarding email communications. A spokesman for Trump's lawyer told the newspaper Trump did not delete any of the emails, have a private email server, or discuss classified information unlike Hillary Clinton.