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Trump denies knowing Kushner used WhatsApp

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Published on March 22, 2019 - Duration: 01:22s

Trump denies knowing Kushner used WhatsApp

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he knew nothing about son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner's use of the WhatsApp encrypted messaging tool, a day after a top U.S. Democratic congressman questioned the unofficial communications.

Nathan Frandino reports.

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Trump denies knowing Kushner used WhatsApp

Another unofficial privacy issue has hit the White House.

This time, involving President Donald Trump's son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner.

In a letter to the Oval Office, House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings said Kushner's lawyer told lawmakers his client had used the WhatsApp messaging tool for official duties.

The use of the app would violate current law barring administration officials from using non-official electronic messaging accounts.

Trump on Friday was brief in denying knowledge of the issue.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "I know nothing about it.

I've never heard that.

I've never heard about it." According to Cummings- the lawyer revealed that Trump's daughter Ivanka also used a personal email account for official business, violating the Presidential Records Act.

The lawyer, Abbe Lowell, denied telling Congress if Kushner used any unofficial apps to communicate with foreign leaders or officials and said Ivanka, quote, "always forwards official business to her White House account." UPSOUND: LOCK HER UP Trump made the use of unofficial communications a major issue during the 2016 campaign, when he railed against his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton for such practices.

Clinton had a private email server during her time in office as secretary of state The FBI and the Justice Department investigated Clinton but brought no charges.

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