A lawyer for President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has confirmed his client used a personal email account to communicate with colleagues in the White House.
Lawyer Abbe Lowell said in a statement that Kushner sent or responded to fewer than 100 emails from White House officials from his private account between January and August.
He says that the exchanges most often occurred when “someone initiated the exchange by sending an email to his personal, rather than his White House, address. ”
During Trump’s 2016 election campaign, the Republican derided Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server for official correspondence when she was secretary of state under President Barack Obama.
Trump often led crowds in chants of “Lock her up!” during the campaign and vowed in October she would “be in jail” over the matter if he became president. He has since said he would not pursue prosecution.
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Political website Politico earlier reported other senior Trump aides had also used private email accounts, including former chief of staff Reince Priebus, former chief strategist Steve Bannon and economic adviser Gary Cohn.