Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s Roles in the Administration

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner appear to play important, wide-ranging roles in the Trump White House - and documents uncovered by American Oversight and the media have suggested that they have continued using private email accounts to conduct official business. With two members of President Trump's own family occupying positions of power and influence, it is important for the public to understand how Ms. Trump and Mr. Kushner carrying out their duties and whether they are following the rules.

What We’re Seeking

  • Emails sent between Ivanka Trump and five federal agencies between January 20 and March 29, 2017 – the period before she formally became a government employee.
  • Emails sent between Jared Kushner and eight federal agencies using non-governmental email accounts.

Background

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s roles in the administration are highly unusual and have raised a range of concerns about the violation of federal nepotism rules, the risk of disclosing classified information, as well as the wide policy portfolios they have been given despite a lack of expertise or background in those issues.

In January, as Jared Kushner received approval from the Office of Government Ethics to allow him to work in the White House, it was initially reported that Ms. Trump would not take a formal role in the government.

Ivanka Trump, who like her husband has been a close adviser to the president-elect, will not take on a role in her father’s White House but will focus on settling her family in Washington. Reuters, January 9, 2017

Within months, that position had shifted, and it was announced that Ms. Trump would receive a semi-official White House role.

The powerful first daughter has secured her own office on the West Wing’s second floor — a space next to senior adviser Dina Powell, who was recently promoted to a position on the National Security Council. She is also in the process of obtaining a security clearance and is set to receive government-issued communications devices this week. Politico, March 20, 2017

A few days later, news broke that she would formally become a federal employee.

Ms. Trump’s lawyer, Jamie S. Gorelick, said that “she will file the financial disclosure forms required of federal employees and be bound by the same ethics rules that she had planned to comply with voluntarily.” New York Times, March 29, 2017

In September 2017, documents released by American Oversight as well as independent news reporting confirmed that both Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump had been using personal, private email accounts during their time working in the White House. American Oversight is continuing to seek copies of emails sent by Kushner or Trump to a number of federal agencies to determine what role they are playing in the administration and to assess the extent to which they have conducted government business on private email servers.

Related Documents

September 29, 2017

Joint Status Report – Ivanka Emails

Department of Commerce, Department of Education, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury, Small Business Administration
September 26, 2017

FOIA to State Regarding Kushner Emails

Department of State
FOIA Request
September 26, 2017

FOIA to Treasury Regarding Emails

Department of the Treasury
FOIA Request
September 26, 2017

FOIA to OSTP Regarding Emails

Office of Science and Technology Policy
FOIA Request
September 26, 2017

FOIA to Office of Management and Budget Regarding Emails

Office of Management and Budget
FOIA Request
September 26, 2017

FOIA to Health and Human Services Regarding Emails

Department of Health and Human Services
FOIA Request
September 26, 2017

FOIA to Department of Justice Regarding Emails

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
September 26, 2017

FOIA to Department of Defense Regarding Emails

Department of Defense
FOIA Request
September 26, 2017

FOIA to Department of Homeland Security Regarding Emails

Department of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
August 31, 2017

Labor Department Correspondence with Ivanka Trump Staff

Department of Labor
Agency Record
July 31, 2017

Minute Order – Ivanka Trump Emails Lawsuit

Department of Commerce, Department of Education, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury, Small Business Administration
Litigation
July 10, 2017

Joint Status Report – Ivanka Trump Emails Lawsuit

Department of Commerce, Department of Education, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury, Small Business Administration
Litigation
July 7, 2017

Commerce No Records Response – Ivanka Emails

Department of Commerce
Agency Reply
June 22, 2017

Government Answer: American Oversight Ivanka Trump Email Lawsuit

Department of Commerce, Department of Education, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury, Small Business Administration
Litigation
June 20, 2017

SBA Correspondence with Ivanka Trump

Small Business Administration
Agency Record
June 8, 2017

OPM No Responsive Records for FOIA Request about Ivanka Trump

Office of Personnel Management
Agency Reply
June 8, 2017

Voluntary Dismissal Motion – SBA

Department of Commerce, Department of Education, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury, Small Business Administration
Litigation
May 17, 2017

Complaint: American Oversight v. Department of Commerce et.al. – Ivanka Emails

Department of Commerce, Department of Education, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury, Small Business Administration
Litigation
May 11, 2017

FOIA Request to OPM Vetting for Ivanka Trump

Office of Personnel Management
FOIA Request
March 31, 2017

FOIA Request to DOL Communications and Records of Meetings with Ivanka Trump

Department of Labor
FOIA Request
March 31, 2017

FOIA Request to Education Department Communications and Records of Meetings with Ivanka Trump

Department of Education
FOIA Request
March 31, 2017

FOIA Request to SBA Communications and Records of Meetings with Ivanka Trump

Small Business Administration
FOIA Request
March 31, 2017

FOIA Request to Commerce Department Communications and Records of Meetings with Ivanka Trump

Department of Commerce
FOIA Request
March 31, 2017

FOIA Request to Treasury Department Communications and Records of Meetings with Ivanka Trump

Department of the Treasury
FOIA Request