Kushner Using Whatsapp to Talk to World Leaders Including Saudi Arabia. Senior White House aide Jared Kushner uses the encrypted messaging service WhatsApp to conduct business and talk with foreign leaders, according to statements from his attorney released by Democrats on Thursday.
Back in December, Kushner’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, told Rep. Elijah Cummings and then-House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy that Kushner uses the app to communicate with foreign leaders in his official capacity as a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, according to a letter released by Cummings, D-Md., that was sent to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone. It was the first time the revelations, and meeting, were made public.
After the release of the letter, which also accused Kushner’s wife, Ivanka Trump, and several high-profile members of the Trump administration of using private emails for business, Lowell responded by saying aspects of what Cummings said was “not completely accurate” and seemed to push back on allegations that Kushner used encrypted messaging to talk with foreign leaders, according to a letter Lowell sent to Cummings that was obtained by Politico.
“I said he has used those communications with ‘some people’ and I did not specify who they were,” Lowell wrote. He added that Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, has “numerous friends and contacts abroad.”
Cummings, who chairs the Oversight Committee, accused the White House of obstructing the Oversight Committee’s investigation by dragging its feet in turning over documents requested as part of a bipartisan investigation into the use of personal email accounts and other messaging software by White House staff. His letter also included a request for documents relating to the query by April 4 where he threatened to “consider alternative means” if the information was withheld.
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