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Records Violations

The Oversight committee is diving more deeply into the use by the president's older daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner, of personal email accounts or other messaging while performing official business as senior advisers to the president.

The committee in July authorized a subpoena for all work-related texts and emails sent or received by White House officials on personal accounts, part of its probe into whether senior administration aides have violated federal records laws. The committee, in part, wants to know if any private messages contained classified information, including those sent through encrypted applications such as WhatsApp.

One specific focus is use of WhatsApp by Kushner, allegedly to communicate with foreign individuals.

Other Investigations

The Judiciary Committee this month subpoenaed Department of Homeland Security documents tied to allegations that Trump dangled pardons for agency officials who break the law to implement his immigration policies on the southern border.

Oversight is investigating reports Trump may have violated the presidential records act by by confiscating and destroying documents to keep secret the details of his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Oversight also is looking into purported White House efforts to transfer highly sensitive U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of the Atomic Energy Act.


Democratic are seeking details behind Trump's use of emergency power to spend more taxpayer money on a border wall than Congress approved; the administration's decision to not defend the Affordable Care Act in court, and why Obamacare references are being removed from federal websites.

Oversight also has been investigating how Kushner, Ivanka Trump and others got their White House security clearances. The committee says a whistleblower said senior officials overruled protocols and concerns raised about 25 people whose security clearances were initially denied.

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