Gowdy Demands Answers
Now, retiring House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) is demanding answers in a letter to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly over this ill-advised mistake. (Fox News)
The letter, obtained by Fox News, follows the Washington Post report claiming that Trump sent hundreds of emails about White House business to contact “White House aides, Cabinet officials and her assistant," an apparent violation of the Presidential Record Act. The report does not indicate if the emails contained any classified or sensitive government information.
Gowdy said in the letter that Trump’s use of personal email may “implicate the Presidential Records Act and other security and recordkeeping requirements,” and set a Dec. 5 deadline to respond to the request for more information.
“In light of the importance and necessity of preserving the public record and doing so in a manner that is reflective of relevant statutory and regulatory requirements, the Committee must assess whether the White House took adequate steps to archive Ms. Trump’s emails and prevent a recurrence,” Gowdy wrote in the letter.
The Republican’s letter may give a heads up to the incoming Democratic majority in the House that is gearing up to investigate both the daughter of the president and his close advisor Jared Kushner.
While the differences between Trump's and Secretary Clinton's use of personal email are clear, Ivanka's unforced error has put the White House on the defensive as Democrats prepare to seize power.