The internal emails, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, show Gary Stern, the general counsel at NARA, expressing some concern and surprise after a phone conversation with New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt, who broke the story. That conversation took place in March, months after Clinton’s staff sent email records to the State Department.Below is the relevant part of Stern's email:
“When Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, she apparently used a personal email account to conduct government business,” Stern writes to colleagues about the exchange with Schmidt. In the internal emails, Stern relays his conversation with Schmidt to other NARA officials, writing that “if true,” Clinton’s email use “would present a concern.”
Stern also serves as NARA’s chief Freedom of Information Act officer, senior agency official for privacy, and dispute resolution specialist, according to his biography.
What does this revelation mean? On one level it means that Hillary Clinton was not transparent about her e-mails even within the confines of the Obama administration. It also means that the Clinton e-mail scandal is not going away anytime soon.