Clinton Spokesman Says NYT Story on E-mail Inaccurate

Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail account was no different from her predecessors when engaging with other State Dept officials, according to statement sent to Bloomberg News by Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill.

  • NOTE: Merrill sent on-the-record statement provided to New York Times in response to report last night that Clinton’s use of account may have violated federal requirements that official correspondence be retained as part of agency’s record.
  • “For government business, she e-mailed them on their Department accounts, with every expectation they would be retained. When the Department asked former Secretaries last year for help ensuring their emails were in fact retained, we immediately said yes.”
  • “Both the letter and spirit of the rules permitted State Department officials to use non-government e-mail, as long as appropriate records were preserved. As a result of State’s request for our help to make sure they in fact were, that is what happened here. As the Department stated, it is in the process of updating its record preservation policies to bring them in line with its retention responsibilities.”
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