House Committee Threatens Legal Action Against Defense Secretary Over Use of Personal Email

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House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)

House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) sent a letter to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter last week threatening the use of legal action against the Department of Defense for failure to comply with the Committee’s prior request for information related to Carter’s use of personal email for business purposes.

In the letter, Chaffetz noted that the original request was sent on December 18, 2015 and to date the Committee had not received any of the material it requested. Specifically, it asked for the volume and recipients of Carter’s emails and whether they contained classified information. DoD had until January 8, 2016 to provide the information.

Chaffetz noted that the Committee has not received any information other than an acknowledgment from DoD that an internal review is ongoing.

Chaffetz closed the letter by telling Carter that DoD has until March 25, 2016 to provide the emails, otherwise “the Committee may use compulsory process to obtain documents and communications that will answer the questions that were initially raised…”

A copy of the letter is included below.

House Oversight Committee Follow Up Letter to Ashton Carter, March 18, 2016

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