Ivanka Trump also used a private email account in the White House, of course

Ivanka Trump is all smiles in New York City

Yesterday, we discussed the fact that Jared Kushner has been using a private email account ever since the election, even when he’s physically in the White House at work. BUT HIS EMAILS. The emails – those damn emails – were such a big f–king part of the criticism Donald Trump and his people had for Hillary Clinton. And now it turns out that Bigly Clampett’s precious son in law likely violated federal law. Wasn’t that the argument, that Hillary BROKE THE LAW and that’s why we needed to LOCK HER UP? Well, guess what? Daddy’s precious surrogate wife Ivanka Trump also used/uses a private email. Because words mean nothing now.

Ivanka Trump, the first daughter and adviser to the president, used a personal email address to communicate with a government official after her father took office, according to documents that the nonprofit American Oversight obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and shared exclusively with Newsweek.

The documents show that on February 28, Trump—identifying herself as Ivanka Kushner—emailed Linda McMahon, the administrator of the United States Small Business Administration, from a personal domain. At the time, Trump was operating inside the White House in a nonofficial capacity. She wrote that she wanted McMahon’s agency and her staff to “explore opportunities to collaborate” on issues related to “women’s entrepreneurship.” She copied on the correspondence the government email addresses of two other federal employees, Dina Powell and Julie Radford.

Trump became an unpaid federal employee in March. But multiple government ethics experts say she likely could have had access to a White House email account in February, given that she is first daughter. Radford, her chief of staff, had a White House email address at the time.

Ivanka Trump was sitting in on White House meetings around the time she sent the email, including one between her father and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a gathering of the business advisory council.

[From Newsweek]

As I said in yesterday’s Precious Jared story, I feel like someone (sniffs, taps nose, points at Steve Bannon) is pointing all of these watchdog groups to the private email accounts. Someone (cough) really has it out for the Precious Kushners. The executive director of American Oversight, Austin Evers, told Newsweek: “Yet again we see that there’s one rule for the Trump family and another for everyone else. It’s simply breathtaking that both Ivanka and Jared Kushner would conduct government [work] on a personal email account after running a campaign centered on that very issue. The fact that they would brazenly ignore rules governing email use raises even more questions about their judgement and fitness to hold positions in the White House.” Meanwhile, a White House spokesperson is doing half-assed damage control, basically saying that because Ivanka wasn’t technically a federal employee on February 28, that she’s in the clear. Please, Steve Bannon, send copies of all of the emails you got from Javanka in April, May, June and July. Please.

Ivanka Trump is all smiles in New York City

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  1. Nicole says:

    Lock her TF up

    • boredblond says:

      If that happened, she’d start marketing her new fragrance (‘jail jasmine’), 24k handcuffs, and of course, orange strappy heels to complete the slammer glamour collection.

      • Nicole says:

        UGH (you’re probably right)

      • lightpurple says:

        Heels & open toed shoes are not allowed in prisons. She’s going to have to learn how to wear flats.

      • AnnaKist says:

        “Slammer Glamour Collection”… Too bloody hilarious – I’m in tears!

        So, she’s a “volunteer” worker, essentially, supposedly to “advise” her idiot father, and has a chief of staff? I’m speaking to my principal when school holidays are over.

    • Mermaid says:

      This outfit is horrendous and unflattering. Of course this coming out was behind Trump’s primal chest beating about the NFL players. Deflect, deflect, deflect, it’s all he’s ever done. And of course he’s not helping Puerto Rico because one of his golf courses went bankrupt there. The Trump name will be synonymous with the Madoff name along with treason too.

    • Glisten says:

      Well she in my opinion does not dress well or appropriately. But I think Mueller has got them and they will go to prison. Thought it would be only Don Jr, but Ivanka and Jared I think are going now too. Fine by me. All of them.

  2. swak says:

    Is it really going to matter because nothing is ever their fault. They are all good at pointing fingers at other people but never take responsibility for their own actions.

  3. third ginger says:

    Once again, we see that this is not an administration. It is a royal family with its own “laws.”

  4. HH says:

    Like the suit/Dislike her (immensely). As long as you have an R next to your name and support Trump (or are one), there’s an endless fountain of understanding and forgiveness from the right.

  5. grabbyhands says:

    The fact that they would brazenly ignore rules governing email use raises even more questions about their judgement and fitness to hold positions in the White House.

    I’m speechless. How could this possibly not be occurring to you until NOW? This have been grossly evident since before the election even occurred. The hypocrisy of the right and that fascist’s base is staggering.

  6. MeowuiRose says:

    Where is Robert Muller!?! Please for the love of our country and all the citizens in it get things moving. I feel like something terrible is going to happen within the nxt 3 mths. Not trying to be the crazy who yells, “the world is ending, the world is ending” but its seriously stressing me out to the point that I’m developing anxiety. I am afarid.

    • third ginger says:

      Take heart, MeowuiRose. It seems agonizingly slow, but experts say Mueller’s investigation is steamrolling along. My best to you.

      • MeowuiRose says:

        Thank you for your kind words Third Ginger. That is good to hear. I hope whatever he’s able to dig up on that whole family and administration sticks like gorilla glue. Have a good day :)

  7. lightpurple says:

    If she wasn’t a White House “employee,” then we have a bigger issue of why was a non-White House employee discussing White House initiatives with a Cabinet member?

    Yesterday, Princess Nagini tried to distract from everything by posting all sorts of things, including a sing-songy video of herself, celebrating HER initiative for a $200 million STEM program under DOE. Problem? Well, it wasn’t really HER idea, no matter how much she pretends it was, it was a leftover idea from the Obama administration that Congress refused to fund, because, you know, he was that Black Dude and they just couldn’t let him do anything. So, Princess Nagini revived it, but she didn’t get funding from Congress for it. Instead, she and Professor Betsy D Umbridge are going to cut other programs in Education, although they won’t say which ones, to fund “Princess Nagini’s STEM initiative,” which Daddy signed yesterday surrounded by a group of diverse kids who have no idea they’re about to lose their reading programs.

    • Jerusha says:

      Aaaanndd…she as usual dressed inappropriately to witness the STEM signing, or as DM put it “putting her long legs on display.” As if anyone other than Daddydearest cares.

      • MeowuiRose says:

        @Lightpurple That is beyond messed up. May I ask what some of your news sources are? I didnt see anything about that on mine and Im always looking for legitimate news sources. I go to the BBC a lot or Buzzfeed when I want an outline that I can look into more later. CNN is kinda on my sh*t list lately and my local news really doesn’t cut it. I’m just curious to know what other good sources of news there are.

      • lightpurple says:

        @Jerusha, with a big giant bow in her hair like an 8 year old.

        @MeouwuiRose, my news source on this was Princess Nagini & her twitter feed on which she herself linked a CNN article that explained it was Obama’s initiative and that Congress had refused to fund it and there were no new funds now. I’m guessing Nagini didn’t read that far into the article when she linked it and was too distracted by her own name in the headline and pictures of herself.

      • MeowuiRose says:

        @Lightpurple Thanks for the reply. How scandalous she linked a “FAKE NEWS!!!!” source on her Twitter. No Daddy lap time for her ha.

    • CCC says:

      She should be in jail. She should not promote her brand.

  8. Eric says:

    Well, actually, Bannon and Preibus were also using private email accounts. So for Bannon to turn over anything looks rather ridiculous.

    At this point, though, everything this WH touches looks rather ridiculous.

    Cmon Mueller!

  9. Louise177 says:

    What does Ivanka do? I know she’s an adviser but what does she do?

    • Jerusha says:

      Eye candy for daddy.

    • Elkie says:

      She’s there trying “not to involve [herself] in politics.” Except when she’s at the forefront of important political decision-making and needs to be front and centre in UN council meetings.

      And she’s there to moderate her father, except when it comes to ever disagreeing with him.

      Just like how she has no input into the shoe designs she’s ripping off, except when she’s fully involved and oversees every part of her clothing lines. Except when it turns out that they’re produced in factories heavily criticised for their slave labour-type conditions.

      And just like how she performed an important, irreplaceable role at the Trump Organisation that she gained entirely on merit and didn’t at all get parachuted into straight out of college, which was totally integral to its operation, except when she left it at the drop of a hat to move to the White House.

      You wouldn’t understand because you’re not a totally self-made entrepreneur who’s full of s***.

    • lightpurple says:

      Steals our tax dollars while building her brand.

    • Christin says:

      If things ever go halfway well, she’s portrayed as playing a key role. As it stands now, she really cannot he expected to do anything other than say words about her portfolio (mothers, work — something, something), post photos, do pap strolls and appear on a quacky TV show. And use tax dollars. And maybe figure out what hair color shade works best with orange jumpsuits. And can said jumpsuits be custom fitted? Important stuff.

    • Moon Beam says:

      I’m going to go out on a limb and say probably nothing.

    • Megan says:

      Her job is to look pretty and “pop in” on daddy’s meetings.

    • Jaded says:

      She’s trying her damndest to get her clothing business trademarked all over the world.

  10. Who ARE these people? says:

    Seriously bad pantsuits weekend for her and the stepmom.

  11. Rapunzel says:

    The irony is soooooooo ironic. You’d think this family of grifters would understand optics enough to avoid any email scandal. But once again, Trump and co prove that everything they accuse others of, they do to a worse extent themselves.

  12. RBC says:

    Has anyone inquired as to whether the phone 45 uses to tweet tirades is secure? If he was talking to world leaders or doing government business on a unsercued phone, that would be huge deal

    • lightpurple says:

      It isn’t. He has also done things like discuss Syria and North Korea openly at Mar-a-Lago in the dining room with random hotel visitors around.

      • Jerusha says:

        Not to forget letting the ‘nuclear football’ guy pose with one of the knobs who’s a member of MAL.

      • Rapunzel says:

        Not only is he openly doing business at MAL, but using that as a selling point and raising membership fees. And refusing to turn over visitor logs.

      • jetlagged says:

        Not to mention that time the dining room at MAL proved too dark to read a classified document in, so his advisors used the flashes on their unsecured iPhones to make things bright enough. You know, those helpful lights that are right next to the CAMERA on said unsecured phones.

  13. MeowuiRose says:

    I recently binged watched The Handmaid’ s Tale and there are just so many parallels it’s disturbing. Where are we heading as a country??

    I sound like a total conspiracy theorist but I believe they are making cuts to education, health care, social services, etc b/c they want to keep us dumb, sick and dependent. Why you may ask…..well:

    #1it makes it much easier to control ppls thinking
    #2 keeping ppl in a state of emotional desperation makes it easier to pander to a fear based mentality
    3# allows the rich and uber rich to continue to feel elite
    4# it makes $$$$

    It’s a cycle that if not broken is going to bring us to a Gilead like state.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Yes. Also:

      Education cuts pave the way to privatizing the system and using public dollars for religious (right-wing, fundamentalist) Christian schools. Combination of commercial and religious interests.

      Health-care cuts serve the insurance industry, which has now created a monster that is having a hard time putting back in its cage. Cuts also punish the poor, women, minorities.

      Social services – well, that’s obvious. Rich people can’t get richer if you help vulnerable people be un-poor.

    • Esmom says:

      I don’t think that’s a conspiracy, it’s the actual strategy of the GOP and has been for ages.

      • Megan says:

        The Handmaid’s Tale was written during Reagan’s tenure. He ushered in the modern era of the Republican Party, whose goal is to make the rich richer and eff everyone else.

      • Jerusha says:

        I always equated trickle down with the rich pussing on the rest of us.

    • adastraperaspera says:

      Yes, this is the agenda of authoritarian patriarchs through the ages, in a variety of cultures. We’ve only seen improvements due to the herculean efforts of women and men in many times and places who believe in liberty for all. We’re living through a terrible backlash currently. The only way is forward, but it’s hard going for sure.

    • Moon Beam says:

      I said to my friend after the Emmys “Margaret Atwood wrote that as a warning, not a guide book!”

    • Kittem says:

      Definitely not a conspiracy theory. I think this is precisely what’s happening and yes, it is a GOP strategy.

    • Veronica says:

      It’s not a conspiracy. That’s exactly what happens when democracies begin to crumble and segue into fascism. Why do you think the wealthy can send their children to high level private schools while they rip more and more funding out of public schools and drive up the cost of higher education? They don’t want people who can think for themselves. They want scared children, crushed by the exhaustion of survival, looking for somebody to tell them what to do and who to blame for their problems.

  14. HK9 says:

    WTF is wrong with these people??!!??

    • Glisten says:

      HK. Yes you said it. I am with you. What is wrong with them? Have they no sense or morals? Sigh. LOVE best to all.

  15. AideVee says:

    That pantsuit is all the Nopes. She should be locked up just for wearing that belt, let alone all that Email stuff.

    Re news- I just google the word ‘trump’ and see what comes up. It’s fascinating to see the contrasting angles from different news outlets on the same issues. I’m trying my best not to fall into a media bubble but nothing i have seen so far convinces me that trump is anything other than the worst thing to happen possibly ever.

  16. Eric says:

    We can at least all be glad that the latest ACA repeal failed….BIGLY!

    • Christin says:

      So true! The latest sneaky play didn’t work (thankfully).

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      The only thing that will stick a stake in repeal’s vampire heart is to get rid of the Republican-controlled Congress and the Trump administration. They will still attempt to bleed the ACA to death.

      • Indiana Joanna says:

        “Stick a stake” in the drumps’ collective heart — it will take that to finish off this soul leaching, Grifter family so intent on projecting their fabulousness. That Grifter Barbie stole Obama’s stem cell initiative is ANOTHER example of her griftiness. I also think she stole this initiative as her own hoping to appeal to all the liberal New Yorkers who love Obama. She’s grifting his brilliance to get attention.

      • Kittem says:

        Exactly. I just can’t celebrate, knowing that some version of this zombie HC bill will continue to rear it’s ugly head.

    • swak says:

      Yeah, but read today that they are still going to try and pass it and may attach it to tax reform.

  17. Indiana Joanna says:

    Ugh. This hideous family is so arrogant, so stupid, so evil. Hope I live to see drump en famille become a scurrilous footnote in history among all the Joseph McCarthys, George Wallaces and Richard Nixons of the world.

    • Christin says:

      Let’s hope that within a year, this fall from grace will be well on its way.

      May history record every individual (‘leader’) who could have acted sooner, and more decisively, to curb the damage but didn’t.

  18. naomipaige says:

    This whole family is doing illegal sh*t and nothing is done or said about it. They are making a mocking out of this country. All of their private emails need to be scrutinized. Something needs to be done asap about them all. This is no longer a joke. I’m dead serious. We should all be worried by all of this.

  19. adastraperaspera says:

    When I saw this story, plus the one the day before about Jared using personal email, I wondered why they’re coming out now? Maybe I’m too hopeful, but I find it quite a coincidence that it’s just a week or so after Hillary has her book out. And in all her interviews, she talked about how the attacks on her for the personal email server were what really hurt the campaign maybe the most. It feels like news agencies (and maybe Mueller?) have a keen interest in exposing that the Trumpkins also are abusing email (which probably sits on private servers, like at the Kushner Companies). Knowing they are sloppy with official email certainly punctures a hole in the right-wing narrative that Hillary’s email use was a big deal.

    • lightpurple says:

      The stories are coming out because some organizations did FOIA requests for the emails of some Cabinet members and the emails from Jared and Ivanka were found in the documents they received.

  20. Green Is Good says:

    All together now: “But their EMAILS!”

    These hypocritical scumbags. Mr. Mueller, be the hero our country needs.

    • Heidi says:

      When Mueller is done with disposing of the Garbage in Chief, he might as well stay put and take the oath of office while he is at it.

      Just close your eyes and imagine it for a moment – a president respected by both parties, the whole country and the rest of the world, not trying to enrich himself, telling the truth, behaving with dignity, actually getting stuff done…

      - Oh, shut the f–k up, you can’t forbid me to dream.

  21. lower case lois says:

    Ivanka is using the WhiteHouse appointment to her maximum personal benefit. It’s what the Trump’s do. Though unethical, it won’t be sanctioned by the GOP.

  22. Radley says:

    Clearly they think the rules don’t apply to them. And I’m sure they’ve been getting away with it all their lives. I can’t wait for them to finally face some consequences for their actions. It also pleases me that Javanka is aware of the public backlash against their over-inflated perception of themselves and their skills in general. Cuz, they ain’t special. Not by a long shot. They’re just privileged. At least now they know. Or, at least I hope. Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt and all that…

    Lock her up!

    • naomipaige says:

      You’re absolutely right. They don’t think the rules apply to them. They have been doing a lot of shady things, and nobody has said anything about ti. It’s crazy! I hope and pray that something will be done about this lunatic in the WH.

    • CCC says:

      But the rules don’t apply to them. People don’t care, they don’t say anything about things like this. I don’t understand it.

  23. Veronica says:

    I’m going to channel all of my frustration into fashion critique: this suit is terribly unflattering on her. The belt is unnecessary, and if anything, it unbalances the outfit because it accentuates the bust more and throws off the proportions. The pants are all wrong – too loose in the thighs for a capri cut. And those shoes! What the hell are those? The color and pattern are all wrong, and a kitten heel with that length of pant is just stupid. A simple black pump or even a stiletto is what you need there.

  24. why? says:

    We know that their emails aren’t secure because someone was able to trick Tom B, the Homeland Security Adivor, by impersonating Jared and Scaramucci by impersonating Reince. Tom even gave the Jared impersonator his personal email account address.

  25. holly hobby says:

    Those shoes do not go with the pajama suit Complicit Barbie. That’s all I got.

  26. gwen says:

    Ivanka is so classy and poised. Such a beautiful young lady.