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BUSTED: House Oversight Chair accuses Ivanka Trump of breaking federal law by not preserving emails

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Democrats alleged this week that White House aide Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, are breaking U.S. law by failing to preserve all of official government emails and other electronic communications.

In a letter on Thursday, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said that Ivanka Trump’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, informed the committee last year that his client did not preserve emails if she does not respond to them.

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Cummings suggested that the practice is in violation of the Presidential Records Act, according to The Associated Press.

The report continued:

The letter says Lowell confirmed that Kushner, Ivanka Trump’s husband and a senior White House aide, uses the WhatsApp to conduct official U.S. government business. According to the letter, Lowell said Kushner has used the application to have “communications with people outside the United States,” though he did not provide the identities of those involved.

Lowell would not tell the committee whether Kushner had ever used WhatsApp to discuss classified information. When asked, Lowell said, “That’s above my pay grade,” and referred questions to the White House and the National Security Council, according to Cummings’ letter.

Lowell said Kushner archives the messages he sends by taking screenshots of them and forwarding that record to his official White House email account or the National Security Council.

Representatives for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner did not respond to a request for comment from the AP.


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Swiss holding ‘funeral march’ to mark disappearance of an Alpine glacier

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Dozens of people will undertake a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.

The Pizol "has lost so much substance that from a scientific perspective it is no longer a glacier," Alessandra Degiacomi, of the Swiss Association for Climate Protection, told AFP.

The organisation which helped organise Sunday's march said around 100 people were due to take part in the event, set to take place as the UN gathers youth activists and world leaders in New York to mull the action needed to curb global warming.

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UAW strike ‘threatens to upend the economy in Michigan’ — and could destroy Trump’s re-election: report

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At the end of the first week of a major strike by the United Auto Workers, the employment standoff threatens to upend President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election map, the Chicago Times reported Saturday.

Approximately 46,000 workers have been striking against General Motors.

There are two major threats to Trump's campaign from the strike.

The first is that the strike could cause regional recessions -- threatening Trump's political standing in key Rust Belt states.

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Security forces fired live rounds at protesters calling for the ouster of Egyptian president: report

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Egyptian security forces clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the port city of Suez on Saturday, firing tear gas and live rounds, said several residents who participated in the demonstrations.

A heavy security presence was also maintained in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt's 2011 revolution, after protests in several cities called for the removal of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Such demonstrations are rare after Egypt effectively banned protests under a law passed following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi.

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