Ivanka's emails: Democrats plan to apply the heat

Ivanka Trump President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser may have violated federal ethics rules

CNBC Ivanka Trump President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser may have violated federal ethics rules

One person joked, "Ivanka Trump sent hundreds of emails to White House aides & Cabinet officials w/ a personal account?"

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat on the Senate Judiciary panel, said there was "no way" Ivanka Trump did not know the rules after the 2016 campaign and that there were larger questions about the Trump family's mixing of private enterprise and government duties.

However, under the Presidential Records Act and Federal Records Act, government officials must forward any official correspondence to a work account within 20 days for preservation.

The House Oversight Committee had jurisdiction over the years-long investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while conducting business as secretary of state.

Ms Clinton blamed her defeat on then-FBI director James Comey re-opening an investigation into her emails 11 days before the election. He told host Chris Cuomo that Republicans didn't really care about Clinton's emails in the 2016 campaign.

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On Monday, the Washington Post reported that while Ms Trump's emails contained mostly logistical and personal information, some may still have been in violation of federal records rules.

Twitter has been awash with posts comparing Trump and Clinton, calls for Ivanka to resign and chants of "Lock her up!", as anti-Trump resistance was gloating over her supposed downfall.

"Crooked Ivanka! But her emails!" attorney and former SC state Rep. Bakari Sellers told CNN on Monday.

TRUMP: She routinely sent classified emails on an insecure private server that could be easily hacked by hostile foreign agents.

The Washington Post first reported Ivanka Trump's email usage.

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Ms Trump's behaviour recalled Hillary Clinton's use of personal emails while secretary of state which led Donald Trump to label her "Crooked Hillary" and claim that she endangered national security.

"We have no idea if what Ivanka Trump's lawyers are saying is true, any more than we had any idea whether what Cheryl Mills was telling us about Hillary Clinton's emails are true or not", Scarborough added. Messages sent later in the year to the Treasury Department also appeared to come from the private "Ivanka Kushner" account, the Oversight website noted.

The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. When she entered the government, she was given a government email account for official use.

Mirijanian said Trump "retained" all the emails on her official account after reviewing them with the White House counsel and explaining the issue to congressional leaders.

Unlike Ivanka, Hillary had used not only a private email account, but a private server which had been kept at her home in Chappaqua, New York.

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