On Thursday, CNN legal analyst Laura Coates explained the dangers behind White House aide Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner using their personal emails to conduct government business.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), chairman of the House Oversight accused Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump of breaking U.S. law by using personal messaging services.
Cummings is seeking a wide range of documents into a probe against President Donald Trump. The White House has refused to turn over the documents.
Coates explained that Cummings could have a difficult time retrieving the information he needs for his investigation if the information is not kept in an official government record.
“There is an overlap between what they’re accusing Ivanka and Jared Kushner of doing at this point in time,” she said. “He is fighting for information and documents through evidence.”
“If you don’t have it as part of the presidential or formal government record you can’t get it. If they don’t include or screenshot or have this information forwarded from their personal accounts to their official government accounts, guess what, it goes into essentially the ether and no one can see it again,” she explained.
“That’s why it’s critical to have it captured under the presidential records act. This is why Elijah Cummings and his committee’s power is so important.”
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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’
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Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.