House Armed Services Committee Statement on Defense Secretary’s Use of Personal Email for Official Business

ASKS INSPECTOR GENERAL TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT CLASSIFIED INFORMATION WAS TRANSMITTED

by House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Chairman Mac Thornberry

(Dec. 17, 2015) — WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following comments regarding Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s improper use of personal email to conduct official business:

“I am aware that Secretary Carter has admitted to improperly using personal email to conduct government business.  I believe that it would be appropriate for him to ask for the DOD Inspector General’s assessment that no classified material was transmitted over unsecured channels.  It would be prudent for this assessment to extend to Secretary Carter’s time as Deputy Secretary of Defense as well.  Congress should be briefed on the results.”

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