White House senior advisor Jared Kushner (C) sits alongside U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (2nd L) as they prepare to meet with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Saudi delegation at the Royal Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017.
Jared
Kushner, center.

Reuters

Abbe Lowell, a top Washington lawyer, exchanged emails on Monday
with a prankster posing as his client
Jared Kushner, at one point telling the prankster he needed to
see “all emails” sent and received from a private email account
Kushner had set up in December.

The exchange, which the prankster provided to Business Insider,
comes as Kushner, the senior White House adviser who’s the
son-in-law of President Donald Trump, is dealing with his own
minor email scandal, and offers a window into how his team is
responding in its initial stages.


Politico reported
on Sunday that Kushner had used a private
email address to communicate with top White House officials,
including the former chief of staff Reince Priebus and former
chief strategist Steve Bannon.
The New York Times
reported on Monday night that as many as
six top White House officials, including Priebus and Bannon, had

used private email accounts
to discuss White House matters.

Lowell’s exchange with the man posing as Kushner marks the second
time this month that a top lawyer representing a senior White
House official corresponded with the prankster thinking he was a
colleague or client. The White House special counsel, Ty Cobb,
disclosed information
about the FBI’s Russia investigation
to the prankster earlier
this month thinking he was the White House social-media director,
Dan Scavino.

On Monday, the prankster wrote to Lowell from the address
kushner.jared@mail.com asking what he should do with “some
correspondence on my private email … featuring adult content.”

“Can I remove these?” the prankster asked.

“Forwarded or received from WH officials?” Lowell responded.

“I think one was forwarded from a White House official, we had
discussed a shared interest of sorts,” the prankster said. “It
was unsolicited. Then there are a handful more, but not from
officials.”

“I need to see I think all emails between you and WH (just for me
and us),” Lowell wrote. “We need to send any officials emails to
your WH account. Not stuff like you asked about. None of those
are going anywhere.”

“But we can bury it?” the prankster responded. “I’m so
embarrassed. It’s fairly specialist stuff, half naked women on a
trampoline, standing on legoscenes, the tag for the movie was
#standingOnTheLittlePeople :(”

Lowell replied: “Don’t delete. Don’t send to anyone. Let’s chat
in a bit.”

Lowell declined to comment on the record when asked about the
exchange. He said in a previous statement that “fewer than a
hundred emails from January through August were either sent to or
returned by Mr. Kushner to colleagues in the White House from his
personal email account.”

“All non-personal emails were forwarded to his official address
and all have been preserved in any event,” the statement said.

Lowell’s suggestion that he needs to see all emails sent or
received from Kushner’s private account raises questions about
whether he has fully examined the messages and what kind of
information they contained.

Lowell said in his initial statement that the emails “usually
forwarded news articles or political commentary,” and “most often
occurred when someone initiated the exchange.”

Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor, said he was
“shocked to learn that Kushner’s lawyer did not review the
relevant emails before issuing a statement making assertions
about what was in them and how many there were.”

“A lawyer should never issue a public statement based solely on
the client’s recollection,” Mariotti said, “because clients could
forget key details or be less than forthcoming with their
attorney.”