Ex-Ambassador Says State Department Had Double Standard on E-mails

Scott Gration resigned from the ambassadorship to Kenya in 2012 amid State Department criticism of his management and e-mail practices.

US special envoy to Sudan Scott Gration talks to reporters after his meeting with Sudanese presidential advisor Ghazi Salaheddin (R) in Khartoum on November 2, 2009. Enthusiastic Sudanese began on November 1 to register for their country's first presidential, legislative and regional elections in 24 years, with the authorities facing a tough logistical challenge. Gration, who is visiting the country for talks with officials on key issues ahead of the vote, has urged people to register for the elections. AFP PHOTO /ASHRAF SHAZLY

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A former U.S. ambassador who served under Hillary Clinton says he was held to a different standard than she was when it came to e-mail.

Scott Gration spoke in an interview airing on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday. He resigned from the ambassadorship to Kenya in 2012 amid State Department criticism of his management and e-mail practices.

“As I was going through it, I did not perceive that it was a double standard because I did not know of Secretary Clinton's use of a commercial e-mail account,” he told CNN. “But as I've reflected on it in the last couple days, it does appear like there was a different standard that was used in my case and that has been used in hers.”

He added: “To now find out that in reality, other people in the department, to include my supervisors, were doing things differently and were looking the other way, I think that's hard.”

Gration, a retired Air Force officer, joined the administration after supporting President Barack Obama's 2008 candidacy and also served as Sudan envoy.

A Clinton spokesman said in a statement to CNN that the circumstances surrounding Gration's ouster had been well-documented by the State Department's inspector general. Clinton representatives have denied wrongdoing in her e-mail practices, and she said she has asked the State Department to make her messages public.

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