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State Department Says It Responded Properly to 2012 Inquiry on Hillary Clinton’s Email Use


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State Department Spokesperson Jeff Rathke at a December 2014 press briefing. Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The State Department on Wednesday says it responded properly to a Congressional inquiry regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email use in 2012 — while she was still in office.

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee Chairman Darrell Issa sent a letter to Clinton in December 2012 — during her tenure — asking about her use of personal email, a subject that has put Clinton in the spotlight in recent months. State Department Spokesperson Jeff Rathke said at Wednesday’s press briefing that the department responded in March 2013 — saying that the delay was caused by a deluge of congressional requests.

Rathke said the department “described our policies in detail” and “included…relevant attachments that governed the department’s policies.”

According to the New York Times, Issa’s letter specifically asked whether any senior official at the State Department used a private email account. Rathke was unable to say definitively whether that question was answered.

The department’s response in March 2013 came after Clinton had left her post.

Asked what caused the response to Issa’s inquiry to take three months, Rathke said that the department gets “thousands of requests” which could cause some responses to be slower than others.

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