Rep. Chaffetz, Who Criticized Clinton, Forgot He Uses Gmail

Members of Congress are allowed to use personal email accounts for professional business, but when State Department staff do the same, it’s frowned upon. Why?

In a hearing Thursday, FBI Director James Comey, a Republican appointed by Obama, defended his decision that Hillary Clinton did not break any laws by using personal email accounts for classified information while Secretary of State.

Comey, however, did acknowledge that penalties against her would be taken into consideration, such as downgrading security clearances during her presidential bid.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the House Oversight Committee Chairman, grilled Comey over his decision to not request any legal penalty against Clinton, but did not get away with it so easily.

Eleanor Holmes Norton, the congressional delegate for Washington, D.C., noted that Chaffetz uses a Gmail account for professional business, stating that she didn’t know if it was “wrong or right” to use a personal email account. “There’s no guidance,” she iterated.

Chaffetz is known to use Gmail for official emails, as he lists it on his business card as his primary email account. Last year, ABC published the image of his business card, pointing out the apparent hypocrisy.

As ThinkProgress explained, Congressional members are not subject to the same rules as the State Department because, simply, Congress abides by its own rules.

On these grounds, Congress is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act or the Federal Records Act – both of which require federal employees to keep track of the professional emails that they send.

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