Just yesterday, it was discovered that Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, and advisor in the White House, was using a personal email account to conduct government business including planning media and event coverage with Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus
Now, documents obtained through the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) has discovered that Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump was also found to be using a personal email account to conduct government business with White House officials. The documents show that Ivanka emailed Linda McMahon, the head of the Small Business Administration about the possibility of working with the department to explore opportunities for women in entrepreneurship. The emails were exchanged in February, a month before Ivanka was officially made a government employee.
The revelations will be awkward for members of the administration as Trump’s presidential campaign focused on Hilary Clinton’s use of a personal email server to conduct government business and pass on classified information with Trump decrying her as a security risk. The White House has not yet commented on the documents, but it will doubtless raise more questions as to the suitability of Ivanka Trump and her husband in advising Donald Trump. It remains to be seen whether Ivanka and Jared will be considered security risks over the use of their personal email accounts rather than official government accounts.
The news follows on from the backlash and wave of protests by NFL players after Donald Trump criticised Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the national anthem. His bellicose statements and demands that players who protested be suspended or fired was followed by numerous players and managers kneeling during the national anthem while senior figures hit back over the remarks. Given the timing of the stories, it appears that Donald Trump was attempting to divert attention away from Jared and Ivanka using personal emails to deal with government affairs.