Jared Kushner, senior advisor to the White House and son-in-law of President Trump, has used WhatsApp for official purposes, said a big Democrat.
Democrat Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House's oversight committee, made the allegations in a letter to the White House on Thursday.
It is not clear whether Mr. Kushner would have used the email application to discuss classified information.
An investigation into the use of personal email accounts at the White House is underway.
What is the last?
Mr. Cummings asked in his letter to the White House to provide further information on the investigation.
"The White House's failure to provide documents and information hinders the committee's investigation into alleged violations of federal record laws by White House officials," he said. -he writes.
His letter indicates that Mr. Kushner's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, stated that his client had sent screenshots of his WhatsApp messages to his White House or National Security Council email account. the United States.
Lowell was not able to say whether his client, who serves as President Trump's Middle East advisor, had used WhatsApp to share classified information, he added.
But, in response to that letter, Mr. Lowell said that Mr. Cummings was not "completely accurate," according to the Reuters news agency.
Mr. Cummings also wrote in his letter that Ivanka Trump – the daughter of President Trump and the wife of Mr. Kushner, who is also a White House advisor – continued to receive emails related to official business. on a personal email account.
An examination of her e-mails revealed in November 2018 that she had used her private address to contact government officials.
Ms. Trump sent the emails before being informed of the rules, her lawyer said.
White House spokesman Steven Groves said: "As with all duly authorized surveillance requests, the White House will review the letter and provide a reasonable response in a timely manner."
What happened with Hillary Clinton's emails?
The use of personal mail servers has become a controversial issue since the 2016 presidential campaign, when Mr. Trump accused his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton of putting the United States in "danger" for his e-mails as secretary of state.
Before becoming Secretary of State in 2009, Mrs. Clinton had installed at her home in New York, an email server that she used for all her personal and professional emails during her four years in office.
It did not use, or even activate, a state.gov email account, which would have been hosted on servers owned and managed by the US government.
She said that it was for convenience.
- Clinton email probe – what was it?
During his 2016 campaign, Mr. Trump suggested that Ms. Clinton be jailed after it appeared that the FBI had found classified information in certain emails from her private server.
The songs of "Lock it" were a pillar of Mr. Trump's rallies.
An FBI investigation finally concluded that Ms. Clinton should not face charges, but said she and her associates had been "extremely carefree" in handling their confidential information.
Is it illegal to use personal accounts for work?
It is not illegal for White House officials to use personal accounts for government business.
However, under the Presidential Archives Act and the Federal Archives Act, government officials must send all official correspondence to a work account within 20 days for preservation purposes.
If this is not done reliably, the use of private accounts may put official documents out of the reach of journalists, lawmakers and others who are looking for publicly available information.
There are also rules prohibiting the sharing of classified or privileged information on personal email accounts.