Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Clinton private vs. government emails

Ex-Sec. of State Hillary Clinton used a personal email address, not an official government email address, while in office. NARA rules allows for personal email in "emergency situations" but emails are to be "captured and managed in accordance with agency record-keeping practices." Aides recorded her personal emails on department servers at the time. So, that means they were captured, right? But were they properly managed? Also, all official government emails to other government accounts were archived at the receiving end as well. Private emails sent to non-government individuals were not recorded by government at the receiving end for obvious reasons. "Both the letter and spirit of the rules permitted State Department officials to use non-government email, as long as appropriate records were preserved." Previous Sec. of State have also used private email. The fact that she was using a private email address was noted in 2013. Now the issue is, was this intentional to avoid transparency? Republicans are all over this in light of future campaigns and the Bengazi murders, which at least some of them believe is part of a coverup. I doubt with the lawyers the Clintons have at their beck and call that she would have knowingly used a personal email if there wasn't legal precedence for it. Did she meet the letter of the law? I'm sure we'll hear more about this. Jeb Bush is loving it.  It will be interesting to see what the National Archives states about it. Read more about it here http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/02/politics/hillary-clinton-2016-emails-secretary-of-state/index.html

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