Hillary Clinton used a personal email account exclusively to conduct government business as Secretary of State, violating federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record. Clinton didn’t have a government email address during her entire four-year tenure at the State Department.
Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act, when Clinton stepped down from the secretary’s post in early 2013. Then in response to a new State Department effort to comply with federal record-keeping practices, Clinton’s advisers reviewed tens of thousands of pages of her personal emails and decided which ones to turn over to the State Department.
Meanwhile her aides continue talking about a possible April date for the launching the Democratic front-runner’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Under federal law, letters and emails written and received by federal officials are government records and must be kept so that congressional committees, historians and the news media can find them. Only 55,000 pages of emails were released.
As the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza asked, “Clinton turned over 55,000 pages of e-mails, but who decided what emails to turn over and which not to?”
Now former State Department officials are denying suggestions that Clinton’s use of a private email address violated federal law.
“Both the letter and spirit of the rules permitted State Department officials to use non-government email, as long as appropriate records were preserved,” stated Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill.
Clinton’s email address was firstname.lastname@example.org; the handle seems to refer to her maiden name as she was born Hillary Diane Rodham. The number ‘22’ is drawing speculation across the entire spectrum of the media as no one seems to know the number stands for.
Its fun to note — Monica Lewinsky was 22-years-old when she began an affair with then-President William Jefferson ‘B.J.’ Clinton, Hillary’s husband.