During the White House press briefing Wednesday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest refused to answer whether or not President Barack Obama uses a private email for government business. (VIDEO: AP Reporter Grills State Department: Why Have ‘Hackers From Russia’ Seen More Emails Than American Public?)
REUTERS’ JEFF MASON: You’ve talked about the president’s emailing habits and his address. Can you clarify; is the email address that he uses a .gov address?
EARNEST: Jeff, I’m not going to be in a position to talk about the president’s email address. I’m just– for a variety of reasons including related to the security of that email address…
[T]he president does take very seriously the requirements he is under based on the Presidential Records Act. That’s different from Federal Records Act, that governs the archiving of records of other government employees. At the White House, there is Presidential Records Act in place that has different requirements for the handling of records. And I can tell you that all of the emails that the president sends are governed by that act, and are properly maintained in accordance with the Presidential Records Act.