Clinton used personal email account as Secretary of State

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WASHINGTON (AP) – A spokesman for Hillary Rodham Clinton says there was nothing illegal or improper about her use of a personal email account during her time as Secretary of State, rather than a government-issued email address.

The practice could hamper efforts to archive official government documents required by law.

The Clinton spokesman says she believed that her business emails to State Department and other government accounts would be archived, in keeping with government rules.

According to the spokesman, Clinton “used her own email account when engaging with any department officials.” Nick Merrill adds that when Clinton was conducting government business, “she emailed them on their department accounts, with every expectation they would be retained.”

He says the rules allow State Department officials to use non-government email “as long as appropriate records were preserved.”

A State Department spokeswoman says Clinton’s successor, John Kerry, is the first secretary of state to primarily use an official state.gov email account.

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