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Dem senator pushing 'some kind of investigative effort' into Ivanka Trump's use of personal email

The Hill logo The Hill 11/20/2018 Emily Birnbaum

Ivanka Trump looking at the camera: Ivanka Trump reportedly said she was unaware of the federal rules for emails. © Getty Ivanka Trump reportedly said she was unaware of the federal rules for emails. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on Tuesday called for "some kind of investigative effort" into White House adviser Ivanka Trump's reported use of her private email address for government business.

The Washington Post reported that Trump, the eldest daughter of the president, sent hundreds of emails about White House business and her official schedule to administration aides, Cabinet officials and her personal assistants. This is reportedly a violation of federal records rules.

"There's a larger story here, which is the mixing of public and private, and it's with her clothing brand and her public position, the blending and mixing of emails on her private account and public account, and it raises the issue of whether there has been anything improper," Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on CNN's "New Day."

"There should be some kind of investigative effort, whether it's through the Office of Government Ethics or through the Congress," he added.

CNN host John Berman replied that any investigation would likely go through the House, where Democrats will hold the majority in the next Congress.

"There's ... a need to hold accountable this administration," Blumenthal said, though he added there are a "number of real challenges" ahead and declined to say if Trump's emails would be a priority.

The report about Trump's email immediately drew parallels to Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she worked as secretary of state. Clinton's use of the server was a major issue in the 2016 presidential campaign, and Republicans, including President Trump, have continued to malign Clinton over the issue.

"The Congress can hold the president accountable for putting himself above the law, which is essentially ... what Ivanka Trump has done with these emails," Blumenthal said.

Ivanka Trump reportedly said she was unaware that her use of a private email address would violate records rules.

"There's no way that she had no knowledge of the rules," Blumenthal said during the interview.

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