Controversy over Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email for official business

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The review of emails from the personal account of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that she used to conduct official government business, could takes months. Clinton is anticipated to make a run as a 2016 U.S. Presidential candidate and the verdict is out if this is a show of transparency or an effort to conduct damage control. CCTV’s Jessica Stone has been following the story from Washington.

Controversy over Hillary Clinton's use of personal email for official business

Controversy over Hillary Clinton's use of personal email for official business

The review of emails from the personal account of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that she used to conduct official government business, could takes months. Clinton is anticipated to make a run as a 2016 U.S. Presidential candidate and the verdict is out if this is a show of transparency or an effort to conduct damage control. CCTV's Jessica Stone has been following the story from Washington.

Highlights:

  • Clinton sent out a tweet saying that she is asking the U.S. State Department to release her emails from her time as America’s top diplomat, to the public.

  • Clinton and her aides chose to turn over more than 50 thousand pages of emails to the U.S. State Department for review.
  • The New York Times sparked the probe as they revealed that Clinton used her own private email, her own servers stored in her own home, to communicate government business as well as personal and Clinton Foundation business.
  • Those who’ve spent years investigating her handling of the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya have now subpoenaed her personal emails
  • According to the Associated Press, a White House source says the president’s attorneys did not know Clinton relied solely on personal email until the Congressional investigation into Benghazi.
  • Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell also used a personal email address.
  • The Democratic National Committee is defending Clinton by releasing a list of all potential Republican presidential candidates and their use of private emails for government business.

As CCTV’s Jessica Stone reported, according to this manual for U.S. State Department Employees embedded below, there’s a policy that “normal day to day operations be conducted on an authorized information system which has the proper level of security.” The policy was implemented in 2005 and was in full effect during Clinton’s tenure as U.S. Secretary of State.


Dept of State Sensitive Information Doc (Text)