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Kerry Calls for Review of State Dept. Record-Keeping Amid Hillary Controversy

Amid the controversy over Hillary Clinton‘s use of private emails while Secretary of State, current Secretary of State John Kerry is calling for a review of how the State Department handles record-keeping.

Politico obtained a letter [PDF] Kerry sent to State Department Inspector General Steve Vinick asking for the review. And it’s hard not to think about the Clinton controversy when you read Kerry’s first sentence: “It is critical for the State Department to preserve a full and complete record of American foreign policy, consistent with federal laws and regulations.”

He touts new strides the State Dept. has made to “promote both preservation and transparency” and obliging FOIA requests. A recent report gave State an F on disclosure and transparency, and Kerry acknowledges “facing challenges regarding our integration of recordkeeping technologies and the use of non-government systems by some Department personnel to conduct official business.” He poses some issues for the IG’s office to address in their review.

When asked if the Clinton email controversy will be a part of this, a State Department spokesperson said “it’s not specific to that,” but he didn’t say that the Clinton controversy would be irrelevant to the investigation either.

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