WTF Community

Day 791

Updated 3/21/2019 1:46 PM PDT

1/ Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump used WhatsApp and personal email accounts to conduct official government business, according to Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. In a letter, Cummings accused the White House of "obstructing the committee's investigation into allegations of violations of federal records laws" and potential breaches of national security. He said he'd give the White House a final chance to "voluntarily" comply with his investigation into the use of private email accounts by Kushner, Ivanka, and other White House officials before resorting to "alternative means" to obtain the information requested. Kushner's lawyer told the committee in December that his client had used WhatsApp for official business, but that he was not in violation of the Presidential Records Act because he took screenshots of his communications and forwarded them to his White House email account or to the National Security Council. CNN and the Wall Street Journal previously reported that Kushner had communicated with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman using WhatsApp. The panel also obtained documents showing that former deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland and Steve Bannon conducted official business using personal accounts. (New York Times / Wall Street Journal / NBC News / Bloomberg / Politico)

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at

This topic was automatically closed 15 days after the last reply. New replies are no longer allowed.