Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, close confidant and senior adviser, found himself in hot water this week over the revelation he and other administration staffers used personal email accounts to conduct official White House business—not a good look after President Donald Trump won the election in part by suggesting he might have Hillary Clinton prosecuted for using her own private server to handle her State Department emails.
Among those super steamed about Baby Kush’s private email account, it seems, are members of the Senate Intelligence Committee who say he failed to disclose the existence of the account. The committee members are conducting a wide-ranging investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, and per CNN, they seem very angry to have learned about Kushner’s email from the news rather than him.
“The Committee was concerned to learn of this additional email account from the news media, rather than you, in your closed staff interview,” Chairman Richard Burr and Vice Chairman Mark Warner wrote in an official letter. “Please confirm that the document production that you made to the Committee—and any and all searches of email accounts for that document production—included the additional ‘personal email account’ described to the news media, as well as all other email accounts, messaging apps, or similar communications channels you may have used, or that may contain information relevant to our inquiry.”
As CNN noted, the difference between this being a frustrating moment in Kushner-Senate relations and a very serious problem for the boy wonder is whether he failed to turn over documents related to the investigation. Even worse would be if Kushner was attempting to use the personal email to hide anything from Senate investigators—something which there is currently no evidence to suggest happened, but would be stupid in catastrophic terms if it did.
Even worse, news of the Senate letter emerged thanks to Kushner’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, who CNN said accidentally forwarded it to the same prankster who earlier this year impersonated various high-ranking White House staff while successfully trolling other members of the administration via email.
The prankster, of course, promptly sent the document to CNN.
For his part, Lowell told CNN the Senate investigators were already informed they had everything relevant.
“It is perfectly normal that the committees would want to make sure that they received all pertinent records,” Lowell wrote. “We did review this account at the time and there were no responsive or relevant documents there. The committee was so informed when documents were produced and there is no issue here.”