A top government lawyer expressed concern over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account while she served as secretary of state.
In internal emails obtained by BuzzFeed, the National Archives’ general counsel, Gary Stern, said that Clinton using private email for official business presented a serious issue for the agency tasked with keeping records for the federal government.
“When Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, she apparently used a personal email account to conduct government business,” Stern stated in an email sent to colleagues after The New York Times broke the news of Hillary’s email issues in March. “This case, if true, would present a concern.”
However, Stern said that it could be possible that the State Department is already in the process of trying to recover the missing emails. It remains unclear if that is the case though. (RELATED: Trey Gowdy: There Are ‘Huge Gaps’ In Hillary’s Emails)
Clinton turned over 55,000 emails to the State Department last December before wiping her private server clean. It was at the former secretary of state’s discretion which messages were deemed personal and which were not. Clinton reportedly did not sign documents, mandated by law, that required her to surrender “to responsible officials all unclassified documents” from her tenure at the State Department. (RELATED: Hillary Used Unshielded Phone, Didn’t Sign Exit Documents)