Hillary Clinton’s email practices while secretary of state differed from the reported use of private email accounts by several officials in the Trump administration. Based on what we know so far, here are the key differences.
As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton maintained multiple private servers, including one stored at her home in New York state, for email that she used for most of her official communication. An FBI investigation of the practice found that some of the tens of thousands of emails handled by the private account included classified material.
A probe led by then-FBI Director James Comey found no evidence of intentional transmission of classified material and cleared Clinton and some of her aides of potential criminal charges. Comey called the practice “extremely careless.” During the campaign, Trump repeatedly called for Clinton to be prosecuted and cited Comey’s decision as evidence that the U.S. justice system was “rigged.” Moreover, Clinton deleted more than 33,000 of her emails that she said were not related to her government work.
Despite the uproar over the practice during the campaign, key Trump officials began using their own private email accounts just weeks after the election and concede they were sometimes used for official communication. The New York Times reports that at least six Trump advisers, including Jared Kushner and former aides Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus, used private email to discuss White House matters.
There is no evidence so far that any classified material was transmitted through private email accounts, and the White House says the accounts were used only sporadically. A congressional panel has demanded information on the practice.