The State Department released a letter that Secretary of State John Kerry sent to the department’s inspector general earlier this week, asking for the review and calling it critical to “preserve a full and complete record of American foreign policy” and for the U.S. public to have access to that information. Among the questions he outlined were how best to retain records in light of changing technology, the agency’s global presence and increasing demands from Congress.
State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke told reporters Friday the review would include the archiving of emails as well as Freedom of Information Act and congressional inquiries. He said it was not specific to Clinton, a likely presidential candidate who has been dogged by questions since it became clear she didn’t use a government email account while in office and only provided the State Department with copies of work-related emails late last year.
The full trove of Clinton emails will be published on a website after they are reviewed. She says they contain no classified information. The State Department says emails pertaining to a congressional panel’s examination of the deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, will be released in advance of the others.