In a breaking story from Politico, White House officials are now reviewing hundreds of emails sent to and from a third, undisclosed private email account used by Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump during their time in the White House. Last month came the news that Jared Kushner had set up a private personal domain account for his family shortly after the election. Politico had previously reported on two email accounts associated with that private server that were used by Kushner and his wife. Now a previously unknown one has surfaced. One wonders how many more may be lurking out there.
Although the third account was apparently used for non-classified information such as travel schedules, etc. and was accessed by both Ivanka Trump and her personal assistant, security experts expressed concern about the vulnerability to hackers that using such accounts presents. In addition, even non-classified information can provide significant intel to foreign operatives. Some experts said that using commercial email accounts could provide greater security than the one operated by the Kushners. As yet, no evidence has surfaced that any of these accounts have been hacked by foreign intelligence agencies, but many believe that Kushner and his wife would be prime hacking targets.
Kushner is fast becoming notorious for his “forgetfulness” in reporting his meetings with Russian operatives, email accounts he uses, and other pertinent information that would have resulted in termination for anyone other than the son-in-law of the President. This lack of concern about security matters has brought Kushner into the sights of the Mueller investigation, as well as causing concern among members of Congress. Last week the ranking members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Republican chairman Trey Gowdy and Democrat Ranking member Elijah Cummings sent a letter to the White House Counsel requesting further information on the use of private email accounts by White House staff.
The hypocrisy of the Trump administration using such servers, after roundly and justifiably criticizing Hillary Clinton for her use of a personal server, is mind-boggling. In the words of author Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond:
“Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action.”
The American people have the right to expect their government officials to comply with the rules, just like everyone else. Being the daughter or son-in-law of the president does not exempt you, although it appears that the Kushners are acting as though it does. Whether it stems from ignorance, arrogance, or illegality, there is no excuse for their flouting the security regulations designed to protect our country.