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"President Trump, on multiple occasions, appears to have taken steps to hide the details of his communications with President Putin from other administration officials, Congress, and the American people", House Chairmen Eliot Engel, Adam Schiff, and Elijah Cummings wrote in a letter to the White House dated March 4, 2019.

In a letter to the White House, Cummings said Thursday that the Trump administration has failed to provide the documentation and briefings he requested in December, adding that his committee may have to "consider alternative means to obtain compliance" if the White House continues to withhold the requested information.

Cummings noted Lowell could not say whether or not Kushner had shared classified information, which he noted 'would be a major security breach, ' in his messaging. The Maryland Democrat said Kushner's attorney told the committee in December that his client, who is also senior adviser to the president, has been using WhatsApp to communicate with foreign leaders in the course of his official White House duties.

It is not illegal for White House officials to use personal accounts for government business.

He said Ivanka Trump "always forwards official business to her White House account".

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The White House didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

In his letter to Cipollone, Cummings demanded that the White House produce documents related to their investigation into this matter by April 4.

Cummings says that he expects to hear back from the White House or will be forced to pursue other avenues to obtain the information he has requested.

Mr Cummings said Mr Lowell told the committee that Mr Kushner's wife, Ms Ivanka Trump, continues to receive e-mails related to official business on her personal e-mail account but does not forward them to an official account unless she replies to it.

A spokesman for Lowell provided Lowell's response to Cummings on Thursday afternoon. The Democratic chairman said her practices "appear" to violate the Presidential Records Act.

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Per their letter, Kushner's lawyer also admitted to the Committee that he used a private email from January to August of 2017.

"The House committee's investigation comes after Ivanka Trump a year ago dismissed any comparison to the use of private email by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, which prompted an FBI investigation and inspired the "Lock Her Up" chant at then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign rallies".

He said documents were due January 11, and the White House has failed to provide any additional documents for the committee's bipartisan investigation. He asked that the White House indicate if they will comply by March 28. "While we respectfully seek to accommodate appropriate oversight requests, we are unaware of any precedent supporting such sweeping requests".

"Congress can not require the president to disclose confidential communications with foreign leaders".

Serious questions have been raised in the wake of the 2016 presidential election about improper contact between Trump associates and foreign officials.

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