Looks like Hillary Clinton broke some significant federal record-keeping laws while serving as secretary of the state.
As reported by The New York Times, U.S. Department of State recently discovered that Clinton conducted all government business solely on personal email during her four years in office. Government officials are required to use a government-issued email account for transparency and historical preservation.
Hillary Clinton served the department from January 2009 to February 2013.
The 67-year-old not only used a private domain for her foreign and diplomatic correspondence, she also failed to preserve any of the said records on the servers of the State Department – a mandatory act under U.S. Federal Records Act – until two months ago. The security measures taken to protect the personal email are also unknown.
When State Department asked Clinton for the records, her aides handed over 55,000 pages of electronic correspondence, all of which the advisors had selected themselves.
U.S federal law requires letters and emails written and received by federal officials to be retained as government records so that House committees, historians and the news media can find them. However, there are certain exceptions for classified and sensitive materials.
Also, government officials are allowed to use private email accounts only if the government server is down, compromised or during an emergency situation. The former state secretary, however, did not use the government address for any of those purposes.