House Committee On Oversight and Government Reform

House Oversight to subpoena White House private emails, WhatsApp messages

Jared Kushner and ivanka trump
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The House Oversight Committee voted along party lines Thursday to authorize subpoenas for official communications records sent via "non-official electronic messaging accounts by non-career officials at the White House," including Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and former chief strategist Steve Bannon.

The big picture: Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) previously requested that top White House officials voluntarily turn over all official communications sent via private channels, including Kushner's encrypted WhatsApp messages with foreign officials, to uphold the Presidential Records Act. The White House refused to cooperate and is likely to defy the new subpoenas, setting up yet another court fight.

FBI director touts nearly 100 domestic terrorism arrests this fiscal year

Wray being sworn in.
Christopher Wray. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, saying the bureau has made about 100 domestic terrorism arrests in the first 3 quarters of this fiscal year.

Why it matters: The majority of the arrests were related to white supremacy. Overt white supremacy is reportedly on the rise, with a global trend toward nationalism emboldening prejudiced players.