Ivanka Trump has been under scrutiny ever since it was reported that she used a private email account while working in her father’s White House last year. But in an interview with ABC News broadcast Wednesday, the president’s eldest daughter defended herself, saying that “there is no attempt to hide.”
She also dismissed comparisons between her situation and that of Hillary Clinton. “People who want to see it as the same see it as the same,” Trump told ABC News. But she insisted that “there really is no equivalency.”
A Washington Post report this month found that Trump, a senior White House adviser, sent hundreds of emails last year to White House aides, Cabinet officials and her assistants using a personal account, many of them in violation of federal records rules.
Senior Republicans and Democrats in Congress have vowed to investigate Trump’s communications.
The discovery also alarmed some advisers to President Trump, who feared that his daughter’s practices bore similarities to those of Clinton, who used as personal email server while secretary of state during the Obama administration. As a candidate, Donald Trump repeatedly attacked Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign for her email practices, prompting campaign audiences to chant, “Lock her up!”
In a statement earlier this month, a spokesman for Ivanka Trump’s lawyer acknowledged that the president’s daughter occasionally used her private email before she was briefed on the rules, but he said none of her messages contained classified information.
Her most recent comments largely echoed those of President Trump, who told reporters last week that his daughter “wasn’t doing anything to hide her emails.”
Ivanka Trump told ABC that she had forwarded any relevant email sent to her personal account to her government account in accordance with the Presidential Records Act and that the emails in question contained no classified information. Bellow are a few excerpts from the interview:
On the content of her emails: “All of my emails that relate to any form of government work, which was mainly scheduling and logistics and managing the fact that I have a home life and a work life, are all part of the public record. They’re all stored on the White House system. So everything has been preserved. Everything has been archived.”
On comparisons between herself and Clinton: “All of my emails are stored and preserved. There were no deletions. There is no attempt to hide. There’s no equivalency to what my father’s spoken about.”
On the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election: “I know the facts as they relate to me and my family, and so I have nothing to be concerned about,” she said. Asked whether the probe, headed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, should be allowed to continue, Trump said: “I think it should reach its conclusion. I think it’s been a long time that this has been ongoing, but I want it to be done in a way in which nobody could question that it was hurried or rushed.”
Carol D. Leonnig and Josh Dawsey contributed to this report.