House Oversight votes against subpoena Jats WhatsApp and other texts and encrypted communications accused advisers of using for official cases while the attempt to investigate the Trump circle continues
- The democratically run panel voted for the release of & # 39; use of unofficial electronic messaging accounts by non-career White House officials & # 39;
- Applies to & # 39; non-career & # 39; officials, including the President's daughter
- Allegedly Kushner used coded WhatsApp to communicate with Saudi crown prince Muhammed bin Salman
The House Oversight Committee voted Thursday for the summons of unofficial message communication allegedly used by President Trump & son-in-law Jared Kushner and other political agents – in the first investigative movement since the testimony of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Chairman of the panel Rep. Elijah Cummings said the commission & # 39; direct evidence & # 39; has that & # 39; multiple high-ranking & # 39; White House officials have violated the Presidential Records Acts, which govern the retention of communications, including encrypted apps.
The move would force communication information, such as Kushner's contacts with foreign officials. It has been reported that he has used such methods, in particular the encoded WhatsApp, to communicate with Saudi crown prince Muhammed bin Salman.
The House Oversight Committee voted Thursday for the summons of unofficial message communication used by non-career White House officials, including Jared Kushner
Cummings has complained that the White House has not complied with its previous requests for documents or information, so cooperation seems unlikely.
& # 39; The committee has received direct evidence that several senior White House officials have violated the Presidential Records Act by using personal email accounts, text messaging services and even encrypted applications for official affairs – and not overriding those archives in accordance with federal law, & # 39; Cummings, of Maryland, said in a statement.
& # 39; What we don't know yet is why these White House officials tried to hide this communication. Although our committee's investigation began as a two-party investigation among former Presidents (Jason) Chaffetz and (Trey) Gowdy, the White House refused to produce a single piece of paper in this investigation throughout this year, hence the summons of become necessary today, & # 39; he said.
Cummings wrote in a March letter that Kushner lawyer Abbe Lowell said that Kushner had used WhatsApp as part of his official duties in the White House, also to communicate with foreign leaders.
Representative of the United States Elijah Cummings (l) with representative of the United States, Jerrold Nadler. The Cummings Committee voted in favor of a summons of unofficial message communication used by White House political staff
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have reportedly used personal communication methods, including encrypted apps
A lawyer in a court case against the Ministry of Justice last year accused the former White House chief strategist trying to avoid a paper trail
The resolution aims to: & # 39; All presidential records sent or received from January 21, 2017 to the present by non-career White House officials with unofficial electronic messaging accounts, including records created with text messages, telephone-based messaging applications, or encryption software that is not forwarded to employees' official accounts within 20 days. & # 39;
Kushner and Ivanka Trump both work as unpaid senior advisors in the White House.
The Washington Post reported in 2018 that Ivanka had used personal e-mail to communicate on official matters.
The vote from 23 to 16 followed a rather voluntary request. Cummings, who appeared with speaker Pelosi after Mueller's testimony on Wednesday, has requested information from the White House about press releases about the use of Jared and Ivanka for such systems.
March Cummings letter says a document shows former officer K.C. of the National Security Council McFarland officially conducted business on its personal AOL account. It says that he and other officials tried to transfer sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in coordination with Trump friend Tom Barrack.
It says that former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon received a document from Barrack about his personal e-mail in which he promoted the plan.
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