JARED Kushner did not disclose the existence of his personal email account, it has been revealed.
The senior adviser and son-in-law of US President Donald Trump failed to mention the account when interviewed by members of the Senate intelligence committee.
CNN reported members were so disgruntled to find out about the email account at a later date they wrote to his attorney to ensure every relevant document has been turned over to the committee.
Richard Burr, chairman, and Mark Warner, vice chairman, wrote: “The committee was concerned to learn of this additional email account from the news media, rather than from you, in your closed staff interview.”
The undisclosed existence of Kushner’s private email account – which he used from January to August – only came to light this week after his lawyer fell for a prank about emails containing porn.
Attorney Abbe Lowell was fooled by a prankster who pretended to be Kushner writing for advice about “adult” emails shared with White House officials.
Through this prank, CNN obtained a letter labelled “Committee Sensitive”, where the committee discussed a news report covering Kushner’s use of his personal email account to talk to White House officials.
It appears Lowell tried to forward the letter to Kushner, but accidentally sent it to the prankster – using the fake email address he had set up to snare the attorney.
Kushner has claimed “he did not collude with Russia” during the last year’s election, during an investigation into his actions.
It comes after it emerged at least six of Trump’s close advisers have used private email addresses for government business.
The US president’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Kushner, 36, are among those named in a recent report by the New York Times.
White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and chief of staff Reince Priebus – both of whom have since left their posts – were also named in the report.
Top economic adviser Gary Cohn and leading policy adviser Stephen Miller were the final two names on the list.
The revelations have led Hillary Clinton – who Trump branded “crooked” over her own use of a private email server during the election campaign – to slam the US president.
The former Democrat presidential candidate said the disclosures over email use in the Trump White House were “the height of hypocrisy”.