House Democrats say they’ll probe Ivanka’s use of personal email

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WASHINGTON – House Democrats plan to probe Ivanka Trump’s use of personal email in the White House to determine whether she violated federal record keeping laws.

“We plan to continue our investigation of the presidential records act and federal records act, and we want to know if Ivanka complied with the law,” a Democratic aide on the House Oversight Committee told The Post Tuesday.

An investigation by the White House found Ivanka, who has an office in the West Wing and is an adviser to her father, conducted business via her personal email address for much of 2017, the Washington Post reported.

Democrats take control of the House in January, which means they will have subpoena power to compel witnesses to testify.

When Jared Kushner’s personal use of email came to light last year, the House Oversight Committee started a bipartisan inquiry into potential violations of the Presidential Records Act at the White House.

But Democrats were frustrated that the GOP majority press the administration for answers.

A rep for Ivanka admitted that she used private email at times before she knew the rules, but maintained that none of her messages involved classified material.

“Ms. Trump did not create a private server in her house or office, no classified information was ever included, the account was never transferred at Trump Organization, and no emails were ever deleted,” said Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Ivanka’s lawyer Abbe Lowell.

Critics were quick to point out the hypocrisy of the First Daughter relying on personal email for government business while her father built his presidential campaign on putting Hillary Clinton behind bars for her personal email use.

The liberal watchdog group, American Oversight, filed suit last year to gain access to Ivanka personal emails with government agency heads. The group now is expanding its document requests and also called on congressional committees for a probe.

“I think the White House’s use of non-governmental communication systems is ripe for the kind of oversight that can get to the bottom of things,” Austin Evers, Executive Director of American Oversight, told The Post.

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