President Barack Obama knew that Hillary Rodham Clinton conducted business on a nongovernment email account while secretary of state, but only recently learned the details of the privately run system she was operating, the White House said Monday, the AP reports.
The White House has drawn scrutiny over Clinton’s exclusive use of private email and whether Obama or his aides should have done more to ensure her correspondence was secure and properly preserved. In a weekend interview, Obama told CBS News that it was only recently “through news reports” that he’d learned that Clinton was using a nongovernment email system.
But White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday that Obama had personally exchanged emails with Clinton on her private account – firstname.lastname@example.org – and was therefore familiar with the address. Earnest said Obama had been referring to when he learned the specifics of Clinton’s email system – such as the fact that she had a privately run email server and was using the private account exclusively.
“The president – as I think many people expected – did over the course of his first several years in office trade emails with the secretary of state,” Earnest said, adding that the number of emails they exchanged was not large. But it wasn’t until recently that Obama learned how Clinton and her team planned to ensure the emails were properly maintained to comply with the Federal Records Act. Read more here.