President Trump is pushing back after the Washington Post reported yesterday that his daughter, and senior adviser Ivanka Trump used a private email account to discuss White House matters.
Before boarding Marine One on his way to Florida for Thanksgiving, Trump spoke to reporters and blasted the report about his daughter, calling it “fake news.”
“Just so you understand, early on and for a little bit of time, Ivanka did some emails, they weren’t classified like Hillary Clinton’s,” said the President.
“”They weren’t deleted like Hillary Clinton…she wasn’t doing anything to hide her emails. I looked at it just very briefly today and…they’re all in presidential records. There was no hiding….you’re talking about all fake news. So what Ivanka did, it’s all in the presidential records…what it is is a false story. Hillary Clinton deleted 33,000 emails. She had a server in the basement. That’s the real story,” he said.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 20, 2018
The Post report suggested Ivanka violated federal records rules by using the email account.
In a statement to Fox News, Peter Mirijanian, the spokesperson for Ivanka’s ethics lawyer Abbe Lowell, said there was “misinformation” surrounding the news the email account.
“To address misinformation being peddled about Ms. Trump’s personal email, she did not create a private server in her house or office, there was never classified information transmitted, the account was never transferred or housed at Trump Organization, no emails were ever deleted, and the emails have been retained in the official account in conformity with records preservation laws and rules,” Mirijanian said.
He added: “When concerns were raised in the press 14 months ago, Ms. Trump reviewed and verified her email use with White House Counsel and explained the issue to congressional leaders.”
Mirijanian told the Post that Trump had used a personal account prior to being briefed on ethics rules.