Watch: Ivanka using private emails for government work is fake news, says Trump

Trump defends his daughter's use of personal email Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Washington, DC, USA Nov 21, 2018, 10.58 AM (IST)

US President Trump today defended his daughter Ivanka, special adviser to the White House, who allegedly used her private emails for official purposes.

"Just so you understand, early on and for a little period of time, Ivanka did some emails, they weren't classified like Hillary Clinton, they weren't deleted like Hillary Clinton who deleted 33 -  she wasn't hiding, she wasn't doing anything to hide her emails," Trump said while comparing the incident to Hillary which had become a major campaign issue durin the US presidential polls in 2016.

"There was no deleting like Hillary Clinton did. There was no service in the basement, like Hillary Clinton had. You're talking about a whole different-- you're talking about all fake news."

Trump said the White House special adviser did not delete the emails, accusing the media of a false story.

"So what Ivanka did, it's all in the presidential records, everything is there. There was no deletion. There was no nothing. What it is is a false story. Hillary Clinton deleted 33,000 emails. She had a server in the basement. That's the real story."

Meanwhile, a US Congressional committee said it will investigate Ivanka Trump's case.

A White House review by US newspapers Washinton Post and the New York Times had revealed that Ivanka Trump used her personal account up to 100 times last year to contact Trump administration's officials.

Use of a personal account for government business potentially violates US law.  

Democrat Elijah Cummings said a committee will investigate the White House communications when Democrats take over the US House of Representatives in January.

In 2016, Hillary Clinton had said she hadn't violated the law after an FBI investigation revealed that her action was extremely careless after the scandal became a hot-button election issue.