Ivanka Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump's oldest daughter and a White House adviser, dismissed comparisons of her use of private email for government work and that of Hillary Clinton, her father's Democratic rival in the 2016 election.
This revelation has raised questions over potential violations of federal ethics rules.
President Trump has repeatedly criticized Clinton over her use of personal email and a private server while she was secretary of state, saying she should be investigated and spurring chants of "Lock her up" from his supporters.
"Everything has been preserved, everything has been archived", said Ms Trump, 37, who holds the official title of adviser to the president. "There's no prohibition from using private email as long as it's archived and as long as there's nothing in it that's classified". She says she didn't delete any of them. "There is no attempt to hide", Donald Trump's daughter told ABC News in an interview aired on Wednesday morning. "So, there's no connection between the two things", she said.
Ivanka Trump noted that there were "mass deletions" of Clinton's emails "after a subpoena was issued", though an FBI investigation did not find any evidence of obstruction of justice on the part of Clinton and her aides in the matter.
"Nobody wants to see anyone get hurt", she said, but, said her father is "not talking about innocent asylum seekers" when it comes to use of force.More news: Google Fi Replaces Project Fi, Adds Support for iPhone
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It is not illegal for White House officials to use a personal email, but they must forward any official messages to a government account within 20 days for preservation, and there are rules against sharing classified information on personal accounts.
Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill plan to scrutinize Ivanka Trump's personal email use.
In addition to the scrutiny of various investigators in Washington, Ivanka Trump has faced obstacles closer to home during her transition from a working mother of three to the spotlight of the White House.
They set up personal emails with the domain "ijkfamily.com" through a Microsoft system in December 2016, after Trump won the presidency and the couple was preparing to move to Washington D.C. "And I think after this long period of time, we're well beyond that point, so I think it absolutely should reach its conclusion", she said.
The first daughter has come under fire for some emails she sent and received during the early tumultuous weeks of the administration and the weeks leading up to Inauguration Day.
"I don't believe that's what he said", she replied, adding that his "primary role as Commander-in-Chief is obviously to protect the nation's borders".