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White House Is Now Investigating Itself Over Senior Aides’ Use Of Personal Email Accounts

If this isn’t poetic justice, I’m not sure what is.

According to new reporting tonight, the White House has launched an internal investigation into the use of private email accounts by senior administration officials.

Politico notes that Trump daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner are at the center of the new probe.

More from the report:

The White House has launched an internal probe of private email use, pulling batches of emails on the White House server to and from private accounts of senior aides, according to four officials familiar with the matter.

 

The effort began this week after POLITICO reported that both Jared Kushner and a number of other senior White House officials used private email accounts throughout the year to conduct government business.

 

Of particular interest is Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s private email domain, because they still work in the White House, two officials said. Accounts of other White House officials are also being reviewed.

 

The probe could take several weeks or even months to complete, according to one of these people, as officials are searching for all emails sent or received about government business. The White House counsel’s office is reviewing the accounts to determine if the messages are germane to any investigations such as the ongoing Russia probes by Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller, one of these people said.

Including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the total number of former and current White House officials that have used personal email accounts is at least six. That list also includes Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus.

The newly launched White House inquiry into private email use is particularly stunning for this administration given how strongly Donald Trump and his team spoke out against the non-scandal surrounding Hillary Clinton’s email use as secretary of state.

It’s not necessarily scandalous to use non-government email accounts, but Trump’s presidential campaign spent nearly two years painting Clinton’s email use as a disqualifier, even leading chants of “lock her up!” at his rallies.

As I wrote earlier this week, either the entire anti-Hillary Clinton email crusade was a complete sham meant to rile up right-wing voters, or the country should be marching toward the White House at this hour chanting, “Lock them up!”

Sean Colarossi

Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.

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