President Trump had made Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of emails as secretary of state a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign.
At least six White House advisors have used private emails for government business, according to the New York Times. They include senior advisor Jared Kushner, former chief White House strategist Stephen Bannon, former chief of staff Reince Priebus, current chief economic advisor Gary Cohn, and current senior policy advisor Stephen Miller.
Ivanka Trump used a private account when she was as an unpaid adviser in the first months of the administration and also when she became a formal White House adviser, Newsweek reported Monday.
Many are pointing out the hypocrisy of the situation since President Trump repeatedly complained during the 2016 campaignabout Hillary Clinton’s use of a private account as secretary of state. He often called for her arrest. “We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office,” he said last year.
Clinton, however, saved stored classified information on a private server, and she exclusively used a private email account for her government work. The Trump staffers appear to have only used their private email accounts for official government work sporadically.
On Monday nightt, the House Oversight Committee requested information on top Trump aides' use of private email accounts and other non-governmental messaging services. It is not illegal for White House officials to use private email accounts.