Emails obtained by American Oversight via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show that Ivanka Trump used a personal email address to conduct substantive government work as late as March 2017.
Emails released by the Small Business Administration (SBA) show Ms. Trump directly emailed SBA Administrator Linda McMahon on February 28th using a private address to discuss her initiative on women’s entrepreneurship. The emails show that Ms. Trump – then an all-but-official advisor to the president who regularly attended high-level meetings and had an office in the West Wing – also had a White House-funded Chief of Staff.
The emails were provided to American Oversight by the SBA on June 20, 2017 in response to a FOIA request submitted by the watchdog group in March seeking documents related to Ms. Trump’s role in the administration. Additional documents we received from the Department of Labor show Ms. Trump’s personal staff arranging meeting with top officials.
Statement from American Oversight Executive Director Austin Evers:
“Yet again we see that there’s one rule for the Trump family and another for everyone else. It’s simply breathtaking that both Ivanka and Jared Kushner would conduct government on a personal email account after running a campaign centered on that very issue. The fact that they would brazenly ignore rules governing email use raises even more questions about their judgement and fitness to hold positions in the White House.”
The two sets of emails can be found here:
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