Senior White House adviser and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has allegedly used WhatsApp and his personal email to conduct official government business.
According to Politico, the House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings on Thursday stated in a letter to the White House Counsel Pat Cipollone that the panel gained confirmation from Kushner’s attorney indicating that Kushner “continues to use” the encrypted message service for government business.
Kushner’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, reportedly confirmed this detail to the Oversight panel during a Dec. 19 meeting with Cummings and Republican Representative Trey Gowdy.
Lowell reportedly stated that Kushner was acting in compliance with the law.
Meanwhile, Trump is considering deploying a 1,000-person force usually used for relief efforts after hurricanes and other natural disasters to help staff overcrowded detention centers for migrants, according to people briefed on the matter.
The highly unusual move could diffuse the cost of sending additional personnel to assist with detention centers dealing with a wave of migrants who are being held after crossing the U.S. border.
“It frees up more resources,” said a source familiar with the discussions.