Ivanka Trump defends use of private email, brushes aside Mueller probe

Ivanka Trump defends use of private email, brushes aside Mueller probe

Ivanka Trump defends use of private email, brushes aside Mueller probe

During her first interview since news broke that she used private email accounts for official business, Ivanka Trump took great pains to distance herself from her father's political nemesis Hillary Clinton and the email mishap that's framed Republican's rhetoric against the former secretary of state for years.

During the 2016 USA presidential election, Mr Trump said Mrs Clinton deserved to go to jail after classified information was found her private email server, while his supporters chanted "Lock her up!" at rallies.

The discovery alarmed some advisers to President Donald Trump, who feared that his daughter's practices bore similarities to those of Clinton, who used as personal email server while secretary of state during the Obama administration.

She was emphatic that "everything has been preserved" and stored in the White House system. She said her missives were about "scheduling and logistics and managing the fact that I have a home life and a work life".

"My emails have not been deleted, nor was there anything of substance, nothing confidential, within them. So there's no connection between the two things".

Mrs Clinton said she had been unaware of rules against using private email to conduct the public's business and had never knowingly emailed classified information.

The president's eldest daughter said she also has nothing to worry about when it comes to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election - but she wants the probe to conclude.

"But the President told reporters at Mar-a-Lago last week that he's "given the OK" to use lethal force on the border, adding that he "(hopes) they don't have to".

Ivanka added that her father "knows exactly where I stand on any issue", telling Deborah, "I'll always tell you what I'm for, but it is not my place as somebody working within a White House to tell you what I'm against".

"I know the facts as they relate to me and my family, and so I have nothing to be concerned about", she said.

The White House responded by saying Ms Trump had done so before being briefed on the rules and had not sent any classified information.

"I think it should reach its conclusion".

Trump said the investigation should be allowed to run its course, but echoed her father's view that it has gone on long enough.

When asked specifically about the president's divisive tone, Ms. Trump offered a wry smile, and said: "He's my father and he's my boss". "And I think after this long period of time, we're well beyond that point, so I think it absolutely should reach its conclusion".

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