In an interview on CNN’s "New Day," a State Department official said, when asked about the ongoing scandal involving Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email address to conduct government business, that there was “no policy” against private emails.
State Department spokesperson John Kirby appeared on "New Day" to address the continued the controversy surrounding Clinton, who has garnered criticism throughout her presidential campaign for recently-released emails flagged as confidential, Politicus USA reported. The emails were sent from a private email server during Clinton's time as Secretary of State.
“We have said in the past, Chris that there was no policy prohibiting the use of a private email account here at the State Department, and that is still a fact," Kirby said. "Now, obviously, we have policies in place now that highly discourage that, and you are supposed to use your government account so that there is a constant, permanent record of it, but at the time she was not violating policy.
“I can tell you that there was no prohibition for her use of this, and we’ve since changed the policy to discourage that greatly, and in fact, the policy is that you have to use your government account for business.”
Pressure on Clinton has been mounting since a Justice Department probe began recently, with many believing that the focus of the probe is Clinton herself rather than the private email network.
“The FBI doesn’t investigate machines,” Michael Mukasey, a Bush administration attorney general, said in an interview on Fox News. “It investigates people. It is not a political witch hunt.”
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