U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he knew nothing about son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner’s use of the WhatsApp encrypted messaging tool, a day after a top Democratic congressman pressed the White House for information on the issue.
Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee, on Thursday asked the White House about Kushner’s use of the Facebook Inc-owned messaging application as part of his government work.
In a letter to the White House, seen by Reuters, Cummings said Kushner’s lawyer Abbe Lowell had told lawmakers that Kushner used WhatsApp for official duties, a move that would violate current law prohibiting White House officials from using non-official electronic messaging accounts.
Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump denied any knowledge of Kushner’s unofficial communications.
“I know nothing about it. I’ve never heard that, I’ve never heard about it,” the Republican president said.