NSA Warned Key WH Staff on Private Phone, Email Use
- Author: Rogelio Becker Oct 01, 2017,
Oct 01, 2017, 0:22
West Wing officials were reportedly anxious that White House counsel Don McGahn was considering resigning over meetings between President Trump and and his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, whose actions have drawn scrutiny in the federal Russian Federation probe.
"Records obtained by CBS News through a Freedom of Information Act request show that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spent $329,561 for the week-long vacation", CBS News reported Friday.
The screenshot, published by Wired, is not the first time Mr. Kushmer has fallen foul of bureaucracy.
The House Oversight Committee has also opened an investigation into the use of private email and encrypted communications programs by White House and administration officials.
"The officials said White House aides also were told they should assume that foreign cyberspies had already penetrated their personal email systems to some degree and used that access to vacuum up everything not just on their own computers and phones but those of their contacts".
"Kushner can't even fill out the most basic paperwork without screwing it up, so it's a mystery why anyone thinks he's somehow going to bring peace to the Middle East", Brad Bainum, a spokesperson for the group, told Wired about the mistake.
The chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Republican Trey Gowdy of SC, and the senior Democrat on the panel, Elijah Cummings of Maryland, this week sent a letter to the Trump White House and 24 federal agencies asking for names of any "non-career officials" who have used private email accounts or set up alias accounts to conduct government business.
As a candidate, Trump routinely attacked his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, telling supporters "she has to go to jail" over the affair.
The probe is focused on emails on the White House server sent to and from the private accounts of all staff, sources said.
She added that the use of private emails to conduct government business is "to my knowledge, very limited".
Federal regulations specify how records related to the president and other government activities should be maintained. She said White House lawyers have regularly instructed all White House staff to use their government email for official business.