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FOIA News: Defense Secretary Conducted Some Official Business on a Personal Email Account

FOIA News (2015-16)Kevin SchmidtComment

Defense Secretary Conducted Some Official Business on a Personal Email Account

By Michael S. Schmidt, New York Times, Dec. 16, 2015

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter relied on a personal email account to conduct a portion of his government business during his first months at the Pentagon, according to White House and Defense Department officials and copies of Mr. Carter’s emails obtained by The New York Times.

Mr. Carter continued the practice, which violated Defense Department rules, for at least two months after it was publicly revealed in March that Hillary Clinton had exclusively used a personal email account as secretary of state, the officials said.

It is not clear when Mr. Carter stopped using the account. But an administration official said that when the White House chief of staff, Denis R. McDonough, learned about Mr. Carter’s email practices in May, Mr. McDonough directed the White House Counsel’s Office to contact the Defense Department to ask why Mr. Carter was relying on the personal account.

Mr. McDonough wanted to ensure that Mr. Carter was following all federal laws and regulations governing email use, the official said.

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