US President Barack Obama finally broke his silence on the controversy over use of private email account by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying he was unaware of the practice and came to know about it from the news reports last week.
Revealing his views for the first time on a news channel, Obama said he was pleased that Clinton will be releasing all the emails dealing with official business that were done during her tenure.
“The policy of my administration is to boost transparency, which is why my emails, the BlackBerry I carry around, all those records are available and archived. I’m glad that Hillary’s instructed that those emails about official business need to be disclosed,” Obama said in an interview to a news channel.
Obama’s comments came amid prominent Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (of California), demanding a public reply by Clinton over her emails and the potential risk of damage of the presidential campaign.
“She is the leading candidate, whether it be Republican or Democrat, to be the next President and I think she needs to step up and come out and state exactly what the situation is. I think from this point on the … silence is going to hurt her,” Feinstein told mediapersons at NBC’s “Meet the Press.
A federal law which was enacted in November 2014 required the government officials to properly preserve their work emails from private accounts.
Last week, The New York Times reported that Clinton, who is being seen as a potential frontrunner among the Democrats for presidential election in 2016, used a private email account for her work messages during her tenure as the US Secretary of State.
Another report by Associated Press said Clinton had exclusive control over her email account through a private Internet server that was linked to her New York home.
So far, Clinton has only issued a public reply over the matter on her official Twitter account.
“I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible,” Clinton tweeted on Wednesday.
Clinton’s 55,000 pages of emails are currently under review by the US State Department. The review is being carried in order to determine if these emails can be released to the public.