House Oversight chairman demands private emails from Trump officials

MSN | 7/1/2019 | By Kyle Cheney
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A top House Democrat demanded Monday that the White House turn over all communications sent by senior officials using private email and messaging services — including encrypted apps — by next week, citing a blanket refusal by the Trump administration to comply with earlier requests.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings said his request, with a July 10 deadline, marks the start of a new review of the private email practices of Trump administration officials that appear to violate federal record-keeping laws.

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The Maryland Democrat noted that he had made narrower requests for information months ago, such as details about Jared Kushner's contacts with foreign officials via text and "apparent violations" by "Ivanka Trump, Steve Bannon and K.T. McFarland."

Cummings' letter, addressed to White House counsel Pat Cipollone, also suggested that special counsel Robert Mueller had uncovered even more evidence of violations of presidential recordkeeping law, most notably Bannon's admission that he routinely used a Blackberry and personal email for “work-related communications" — including conversations with outside adviser Erik Prince — and that “he took no steps to preserve these work communications.”

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“The White House's complete obstruction of the committee's investigation for the past six months is an affront to our Constitutional system of government,” Cummings wrote.

© J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings suggested Monday that his December request, as well as a March 2019 follow-up, went ignored.

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