Last week media outlets, including The New York Times, revealed that former Secretary of State and likely once-again presidential candidate Hillary Clinton used a personal email address while at the State Department instead of a government address.
Emails transmitted through a government email address (.gov) are public records under the Freedom of Information Act and are used by Congress, historians, and the press for documentation and transparency. Clinton’s use of a private email address skirts this public oversight.
The New York Times article quoted Jason R. Baron, the former director of litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration:
It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business.
The Associated Press and Gawker are considering legal action to retrieve Clinton’s emails. This clip from CNN’s Reliable Sources sheds more light on the topic: Will the public & press ever see Clinton’s emails?