House Committee Still Not Satisfied with Records Provided on Carter’s Use of Personal Email

The Defense Department finally complied with the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s request for records regarding the Defense Secretary’s use of personal email, however, the Committee is now asking for unreacted copies of the records.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sent another letter to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter this week asking for more records regarding his use of a personal email account for official government business.

The Department of Defense had supplied the Committee with records it requested, however, they included redactions, so Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) sent another letter asking for the copies of the emails without redactions.

The Department of Defense has until April 19 to provide them.

The House Committee had previously threatened to take legal action against Carter for the Defense Department’s failure to comply with requests for information. The agency has now apparently complied, but not to the Committee’s satisfaction since Chaffetz is still seeking the unreacted records.

House Oversight Committee Letter to Carter for Unreacted Emails

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