The New York Times is reporting that then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Republican Wing of the Democratic Party’s preferred presidential candidate in the upcoming presidential election, used a personal email account to conduct official U.S. State Department business during her four-year tenure as head of the State Department, possibly in violation of federal record-keeping laws:
Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.
Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.
It was only two months ago, in response to a new State Department effort to comply with federal record-keeping practices, that Mrs. Clinton’s advisers reviewed tens of thousands of pages of her personal emails and decided which ones to turn over to the State Department. All told, 55,000 pages of emails were given to the department. Mrs. Clinton stepped down from the secretary’s post in early 2013.
It appears to me that Hillary Clinton violated federal law by using a personal email address to conduct official correspondence without having the emails preserved on government servers. The U.S. Justice Department should launch a criminal investigation to determine whether or not Hillary violated federal record-keeping laws, and, if so, file appropriate criminal charges against Hillary and prosecute her to the fullest and fairest extent. Additionally, Bernie Sanders should run for the Democratic presidential nomination and attack Hillary over her use of a personal email account for government correspondence.