House Democrats Want Kushner Family Clearance Revoked

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Two Democratic House representatives are calling for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump to lose their security clearances after reports that the couple used three separate private email accounts to conduct White House business. 

In a letter to the White House released on Oct. 5, Democratic Reps. Ted Lieu of California and Don Beyer of Virginia called for Trump, first daughter and advisor to the president, to lose her security clearance.

"Recent press investigations highlight severe credibility issues with Ivanka Trump, a White House official, close advisor, and daughter to the President," wrote the representatives, according to the Los Angeles Times. 

The letter also reiterated a previous statement by the representatives that Kushner, Trump's husband and senior advisor to the president, should lose his security clearance. 

The letter comes after a series of reports revealed that Kushner and Trump each conducted government business using personal email accounts. 

The couple also reportedly used a third personal email, a family account that both accessed, according to Politico. The majority of emails sent to the Kushner family account were sent from White House email addresses. 

"Yet again we see that there's one rule for the Trump family and another for everyone else," Austin Evers, executive director for the governmental accountability non-profit American Oversight, told Newsweek. "It's simply breathtaking that both Ivanka and Jared Kushner would conduct government [work] on a personal email account after running a campaign centered on that very issue."

Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email account as secretary of state was a major point of contention during the 2016 presidential race. Then-candidate Donald Trump repeatedly slammed Clinton for her private email use, saying during a debate that he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton. He also said if he was president, then she would be in jail.

During an interview with SiriusXM released on Sept. 26, Clinton called Kushner's use of a private email "the height of hypocrisy."

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Ivanka Trump was not officially a federal employee in February 2017 when she used a personal account for government business, a White House spokesperson told Newsweek. At the time, Trump was working as an unofficial advisor to her father. She became an federal employee in March. 

Abbe Lowell, Kushner's lawyer, said in a statement that Kushner uses his White House email for White House business, and fewer than 100 emails were sent from Kushner's private account to White House accounts between January and August 2017, according to Newsweek.

"These [were] usually forwarded news articles or political commentary, and most often occurred when someone initiated an exchange by sending an email to [Kushner's] personal rather than his White House address," Lowell said. 

Sources: Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Politico, SiriusXM / Featured Image: Ryan Johnson/North Charleston/Flickr / Embedded Images: Ryan Johnson/North Charleston/Flickr, Senior Airman Delano Scott/Joint Base Andrews

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