It appears one of Hillary Clinton’s campaign advisors might have a problem with her use of a private e-mail account during her time at the State Department.
John Podesta, who left his post at the White House this month and is expected to undertake a senior role in Clinton’s campaign, criticized officials in the Bush administration back in 2007 for using private e-mail accounts to conduct official business, as reports The Hill.
Specifically, Podesta said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that White House officials were attempting to sidestep the Federal Records Act.
“At the end of the day, it looks like they were trying to avoid the records act … by operating official business off the official systems,” Podesta said.
Ironically, the Federal Records Act is exactly the law that Clinton may have violated when she chose to exclusively use a personal e-mail account to conduct her State Department business.
What’s more, Podesta isn’t the only individual with ties to the Obama White House and to Clinton that has underlined the existence of the Records Act as law.
As the Washington Free Beacon points out, former White House press secretary Jay Carney emphasized back in 2011 — when Clinton served as secretary of State — that the policy of the Obama administration is to require officials to use government e-mail accounts.
“The U.S. government policy — or certainly the administration policy — that is effective here is that all of our work is conducted on work e-mail accounts,” Carney said during a press briefing. “That’s part of the Presidential Records Act.”
Thus, either the Obama administration completely missed the fact that Hillary Clinton was not using a government e-mail account or the White House simply disregarded the former secretary of State’s method of correspondence — neither of which looks good for the president’s administration or for Clinton.