In 2011, then-White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that everyone in the Obama administration used official work emails to comply with the Presidential Records Act.
"The administration policy that is effective here is that we–all of our work is conducted on work email accounts; that's part of the Presidential Records Act," Carney said.
Evidently that was not the case.
The New York Times reported that Hillary Clinton used a private email address to conduct all of her official State Department communication. Without storing all of those private emails on the department’s servers, it appears that Clinton violated the Federal Records Act.
Clinton has come under fire from those on her own side. The revelations, alongside reports of misconduct by the Clinton Foundation, will be damaging to Clinton’s campaign.
Robert Gibbs called the use of a personal email account "highly unusual" and said that the presumptive 2016 candidate will have to explain her actions.
MSNBC called Clinton’s actions "staggering," "shocking," and "ridiculous."
Clinton using a private email and hiding her correspondence with aids and foreign governments adds to the narrative that the Clintons play by their own rules.