Jared Kushner’s lawyer Abbe Lowell is having a bad week.
First, Lowell responded several times to firstname.lastname@example.org, an email address set up by a prankster, wherein the faux Jared said he wanted to delete emails containing “adult content” such as “half-naked women on a trampoline” so that investigators wouldn’t see his predilections.
“Don’t delete. Don’t send to anyone. Let’s chat in a bit,” Lowell dutifully responded, in emails leaked by the prankster @SINON_REBORN.
But then Lowell made matters worse on Thursday by inadvertently revealing that Kushner had not been up-front with the Senate Intelligence Committee about his use of a private email address. Politico reported this past week that Kushner has been using that address with a private domain name since January of 2017, sometimes while conducting White House business.
Lowell forwarded a letter from the Senate Intelligence Committee marked “COMMITTEE SENSITIVE” to the very same prankster in an apparent smartphone accident. Lowell’s phone auto-filled the @mail.com address instead of Kushner’s real email address, according to CNN which first reported the story before @SINON_REBORN posted the email exchange on Twitter.
“The Committee was concerned to learn of this additional email account from the news media rather than from you, in your closed staff interview,” wrote the committee’s chairman and vice chairman, Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina and Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia. The senators asked that Kushner make sure that the documents Kushner provided to the committee included this email account and “all other” email accounts or messaging apps that might be relevant to the investigation into Russia’s interference in last year’s election.
“It is perfectly normal that the committees would want to make sure that they received all pertinent records,” Lowell told CNN. “We did review this account at the time and there were no responsive or relevant documents there. The committee was so informed when documents were produced and there is no issue here.”
Kushner added Lowell, regarded as one of the best defense attorneys in the country, to his legal team in June to represent him in the investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, headed by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Lowell may want to stick to a flip phone until the investigation is over.