Top Republicans Used Private Email As Hillary Clinton Did

| by Michael Allen

While former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has taken quite a bit of criticism from Republicans for using a private email during her time in the Obama administration, some of her potential GOP presidential rivals in 2016 have also used private email while in office.

On March 2, Jeb Bush, former Republican Governor of Florida, tweeted: "Transparency matters. Unclassified @HillaryClinton emails should be released. You can see mine, here. jebbushemails.com."

However, not all of his Bush's emails were released from his private email.

Earlier this year, The Tampa Bay Times reported, "The former governor conducted all his communication on his private [email protected] account and turned over the hand-selected batch to the state archives when he left office. Absent from the stash are emails the governor deemed not relevant to the public record: those relating to politics, fundraising and personal matters while he was governor."

The Associated Press recently stated, "Like Clinton, Bush decided which messages were considered personal and not subject to disclosure."

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) recently gave his thoughts about Clinton and her emails to The Weekly Standard:

I think that’s the bigger issue—is the audacity to think that someone would put their personal interest above classified, confidential, highly sensitive information that’s not only important to her but to the United States of America. I think is an outrage that Democrats as well as Republicans should be concerned about.

However, Gov. Walker's office had a private e-mail network when he was a Milwaukee County executive, noted Bloomberg News.

NorthJersey.com reported that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's (R) staff used private emails to talk to one another, including the famous "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" email.

According to the Associated Press, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's (R) administration used private emails in 2012 when trying to come up with a PR strategy to announce that hundreds of millions of dollars were being cut from Medicaid in the state.

Sources: Twitter, The Tampa Bay Times, Associated Press, The Weekly Standard, Bloomberg News, NorthJersey.com
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