Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (HOGR) want Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to explain how long he used his personal email for official business, how often he did so and if sensitive or classified information was included.
Carter last week said he “should have known better” than to use his personal email to run the nation’s military operations in violation of Department of Defense policy, especially since he was doing so while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was under fire for the same thing.
HOGR Chairman [crscore]Jason Chaffetz[/crscore], a Utah Republican, and Ranking Member [crscore]Elijah Cummings[/crscore], a Maryland Democrat, sent a letter to Carter Monday to glean more information about his email habits.
“Your email practices raise significant concerns related to security and the preservation of records related to official government business,” Chaffetz and Cummings say in the letter. “As the committee of jurisdiction over federal records, we seek to understand how and why you used a personal email account to conduct official business.”
Chaffetz and Cummings also asked Carter if any if his email messages went to anyone outside the Defense Department and whether the Pentagon is investigating his email habits.
Carter has until Jan. 8, 2016, to respond.
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