Gibbs Calls Clinton's Use of Personal E-mail 'Highly Unusual'

“I think it’s something that they’re going to have to explain in good measure today,” President Obama's former press secretary says.

Robert Gibbs, White House press secretary, speaks during a news conference at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011.

Photographer: Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg

President Obama's first press secretary said Tuesday that Hillary Clinton's use of a personal e-mail address rather than a government account while secretary of state was “highly unusual.”

“I think it’s something that they’re going to have to explain in good measure today and probably figure out how to get a lot of those e-mails, or as many as they can back into the archive,” Robert Gibbs said on the Today show.

He said administration officials receive “lots of briefings” about the need for government correspondence to be available for archiving. Clinton served as Obama's top diplomat from 2009 to 2013.

The New York Times first reported Monday that Clinton, an all-but-certain president candidate, used a personal e-mail account, potentially in violation of records policies.

Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement that she followed “both the letter and spirit of the rules.” 

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