Washington: Senior members of the new White House administration are using private Republican National Committee servers for emails after criticizing Hillary Clinton for using and then deleting her private server, according to a report by Newsweek.
According to the report the senior members who have activated email accounts on private RNC servers include Sean Spicer, Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway and Jared Kushner.
The White House staff is permitted to use private emails but only for personal and partisan political activity, however, they are not allowed to use non-governmental emails for government related issues and if they do so they have to disclose them, according to the Hatch Act.
Any government related email sent by a member of White House staff using a private server has to be copied or the complete message has to be forwarded within 20 days using their official email accounts.
How long did it take your staff of 823 people to think that up–and where are your 33,000 emails that you deleted? https://t.co/gECLNtQizQ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2016
Donald Trump and his team constantly attacked Hillary Clinton regarding her use of personal email servers to conduct government related business and then later deleting it, and now they are doing the same thing themselves. Although Conway, Bannon and Kushner’s emails have been deleted since Newsweek broke the story.
Previously the Bush administration was also accused of using private RNC servers to conduct their affairs without being transparent when almost 22 million emails were lost. Unlike Hillary Clinton who deleted her account the Bush administration said these mails were mistakenly mislabeled and were lost.
This is not the only security risk created by the new administration, president Donald Trump is keeping on using an unsecured Android phone even though some of the aides have advised otherwise. Even though the secret service has provided him a fully encrypted phone he has decided not to use it.
All members of White House staff are subject to a disclosure act that states: “The president, the vice president, or a covered employee may not create or send a presidential or vice presidential record using a non-official electronic message account.”