Donald Trump dismissed as “fake news” reports that his daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump may have violated federal law by using a personal email account to conduct government business.
Speaking to reporters at the White House as he departed for Mar-a-Lago, Trump said his daughter’s emails did not contain classified information and did not use an extensive home server like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“Early on, and for a little period of time, Ivanka did some emails,” the president said. “They weren’t classified like Hillary Clinton. They weren’t deleted like Hillary Clinton, who deleted 33 [thousand] … She wasn’t doing anything to hide her e-mails.”
Trump claimed that his daughter’s emails were in the presidential record. The Washington Post piece was unclear on that point.
“Using personal emails for government business could violate the Presidential Records Act, which requires that all official White House communications and records be preserved as a permanent archive of each administration,” the piece read.
“What Ivanka Trump did, all in the presidential records, everything is there,” Trump said. “There was no deletion, no nothing. What it is is a false story. Hillary Clinton deleted 33,000 e-mails, she had a server in the basement, that is the real story.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 20, 2018