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Cass R. Sunstein

Hillary's E-Mail and the Public Interest

The public and government alike benefit from clear, simple rules designed to protect the historical record.
This one may be important.

This one may be important.

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The controversy over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail account while serving as secretary of state raises issues that go beyond partisan positioning and any single official. The issue involves the arcane area of records management and its complicated role in the era of electronic communications.

As a starting point, the idea of transparency is helpful, but it is far too simple to capture all the values and interests at stake. The public and the government alike benefit from clear, simple rules designed to increase efficiency, reduce costs and protect the historical record.