Senate to Investigate Ash Carter's Use of Personal Email

By Klimas, Jacqueline | Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The, December 17, 2015 | Go to article overview

Senate to Investigate Ash Carter's Use of Personal Email


Klimas, Jacqueline, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


The Senate will investigate Defense Secretary Ash Carter's use of personal email for work business to ensure he did not send any sensitive information.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Thursday that the Senate Armed Services Committee, which he chairs, had requested copies of the emails to review them and make sure no information was compromised.

"With all the public attention surrounding the improper use of personal email by other administration officials, it is hard to believe that Secretary Carter would exercise the same error in judgment," McCain said in a statement.

Carter used his personal email for official business for at least two months after he took over as leader of the Pentagon this year, even after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton drew criticism for her use of personal email. Carter's inappropriate use of email was first reported by the New York Times late Wednesday night.

Rep. Mac Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, urged Carter to ask the Defense Department inspector general to make sure classified material wasn't transmitted.

"It would be prudent for his assessment to extend to Secretary Carter's time as deputy secretary of defense as well," the Texas Republican said. "Congress should be briefed on the results."

Carter told reporters that he had used his personal email installed on his iPhone for some "administrative work."

"That I shouldn't have been doing," Carter told reporters traveling with him this week, according to a Defense Department transcript. "Particularly someone in my position, and with the sensitivities about this issue, should have known better. …

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