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White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, and Ivanka Trump speak before on the South Lawn. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

The White House counsel's office started an investigation into private email use earlier this week in the wake of the news that Jared Kushner and several other senior White House officials had used private accounts to conduct government business, Politico reports in partnership with the nonprofit watchdog, Project on Government Oversight, citing "four officials familiar with the matter."

Why it matters: The probe was launched to determine if any of the emails sent are related to the Congressional and Special Counsel investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Government officials are supposed to use their government emails so their communications are stored, and for security purposes.

A White House spokesperson declined to comment for Politico but said staff should "fully comply" with the Presidential Records Act. Per Politico, the probe could take weeks or even months.

The officials listed: Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Gary Cohn, Stephen Miller, Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, per the NYT. Politico reports the particular focus of the probe is on Kushner and Ivanka.

Go deeper: Report: Bannon, Priebus, Ivanka used private email in White House

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Report: Pentagon watchdog finds Ronny Jackson drank on duty and harassed staff

Rep. Ronny Jackson walking through the Canon Tunnel to the U.S. Capitol in January. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) allegedly made "sexual and denigrating" comments about a female staffer, drank alcohol and took sleeping medication while working as White House physician, according to an official report obtained by CNN Tuesday night.

Driving the news: The Department of Defense inspector general's report stems from a years-long investigation. Jackson has called the allegations "false and fabricated."

DOJ pressed to enforce Al Jazeera foreign agent ruling

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Justice Department is being pressed to enforce its own demand that the U.S. arm of Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera register as a foreign agent.

Why it matters: The launch of Al Jazeera's new right-of-center U.S. media venture, Rightly, has refocused attention on the media company's alleged links to Doha, and DOJ's efforts to crack down on media outlets viewed as foreign interest mouthpieces.

Poll: Immigration is America's most-polarizing issue

Data: The American Aspirations Index/Populace; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Immigration was found to be the most polarizing issue in America based on new polling from Populace.

Why it matters: Americans have surprisingly similar priorities for the U.S., but immigration stands out as one of the few issues with clear partisan differences. It underscores the challenge for advocates and lawmakers hoping to pass immigration reform in the coming weeks amid narrow margins in Congress.