The National Security Agency (NSA) Has revealed that it warned White House officials against using private email accounts soon after President Trump took office, Politico reported Friday. But despite agency’s warning, several trump advisors —including Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump— decided to use private email accounts to conduct government business, putting national security at risk.
Citing a senior U.S. intelligence official, Politico reported that NSA officials gave classified briefings to White House officials on the security threats posed by using email addresses and personal cell phones.
According to the report, NSA officials told members of Trump’s White House that their personal cell phones could be hacked and used for spying purposes, and also told them to assume that their personal email accounts had already been accessed by foreign spies.
The news comes after it was reported that Kushner has used a private email account to communicate with other Trump administration officials about White House business. The NSA briefings took place before Kushner and other top aides used their personal email and phones for official business.
The two top members of the Senate Intelligence Committee have accused Kushner of not revealing the existence of the account, the publication writes.
In a letter addressed to Kushner, Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) 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. Please confirm that the document production that you made to the committee … included the additional ‘personal email account’ described to the news media, as well as all other email accounts messaging apps, or similar communications channels you may have used.”