Report: Clinton used personal email as Secretary of State

Mar 3, 2015 4:37 PM by NBC News

As Hillary Clinton considers entering the 2016 race for president a potential political problem has emerged.

According to the New York Times, the former Secretary of State exclusively used a personal email account to conduct official government business during her time in office.

A Clinton spokesman defended the nation's former top diplomat, saying she followed the "letter and spirit of the rules" when engaging with department officials.

A statement reads, in part: "For government business, she emailed them on their department accounts, with every expectation they would be retained."

Some political analysts find it highly unusual.

"There are lots of briefings that you have when you go into the White House about preserving any email you have, making sure it's part of your official account. I think it's something that they're going to have to explain in good measure today," says former White House Press Secretary and current NBC News Political Analyst Robert Gibbs.

Clinton is not the first Secretary of State to utilize a personal account.

NBC News has learned Colin Powell used private email when he was in office because the State Department's computer system was famously obsolete.

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