Sen. Tom Carper sent a letter to White House Counsel Donald McGahn requesting information about White House staff’s compliance with the Presidential Records Act and National Archives and Records Administration regulations, after public reports that White House staff have been conducting official business through private email accounts.
“Recent public reports indicate that Jared Kushner, assistant to the president and senior adviser, has corresponded with government officials, in nearly 100 emails, about White House matters through a private email account,” according to the letter. “We have since learned that five additional senior officials in President Trump’s administration have also used, or continued to use, private email accounts to discuss White House matters, including National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and Assistant to the President Ivanka Trump. This practice appears to be longstanding, as it reportedly dates back to the tenure of President Trump’s former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and his former Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon.
“The use of private email accounts, which are not protected by federal government experts with key technical capabilities, raises serious concerns — namely, that those accounts may be less secure. In addition, this practice raises important questions about federal recordkeeping and transparency, particularly if such use results in non-compliance with the Presidential Records Act and regulations from the National Archives and Records Administration. The intentional violation by a covered employee can serve as a basis for disciplinary action in accordance with federal laws,” according to the letter.
In January, Carper sent a letter to the White House counsel about the White House staff’s compliance with the Presidential Records Act. In March, he sent a letter to White House counsel and a letter to the National Archives and Records Administration about White House staff’s compliance with the Presidential Records Act.
The text of the letter is available at bit.ly/2ydxyV9.