First son-in-law Jared Kushner, whose security clearance is currently under probe by lawmakers, “continues to use” WhatsApp and his personal email to conduct government business, and former Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland used her AOL account to do the same, even discussing the transfer of “sensitive U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia,” according to information handed over to the House Oversight and Reform Committee by Kushner attorney Abbe Lowell, the committee’s chairman, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., wrote in a letter Thursday to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone.
During a meeting with Lowell, the attorney “confirmed that Mr. Kushner has been using the messaging application WhatsApp as part of his official White House duties to communicate with foreign leaders,” Cummings wrote. “Mr. Lowell could not answer whether Mr. Kushner’s communications included classified information – which would be a major security breach – but instead directed the Committee to inquire with the National Security Council and the White House.”
Kushner’s use of personal email and WhatsApp could be a violation of the Presidential Records Act, which the committee chairman said prohibits senior officials in the White House “from creating or sending a record ‘using a non-official electronic message account’ unless the employee copies his or her official email account or ‘forwards a complete copy’ to the official email account ‘not later than 20 days’ after sending or receiving the original email.”
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