But Her Emails? Watchdog Says Pompeo ‘Regularly’ Used Personal Email As CIA Dir.

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Watchdog group American Oversight reviewed about 400 pages of personal emails from Pompeo’s time as director of the CIA.

According to Newsweek, a new watchdog report says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regularly communicated using his personal email account when he was director of the CIA.

The report by American Oversight, a nonprofit ethics watchdog group based in Washington, D.C., said that while it recently had an opportunity to review about 400 pages of personal emails that Pompeo sent while he was serving as the CIA's director in 2017 and 2018, its litigation efforts so far have not succeeded in gaining access to more recent emails he sent while in his current role as secretary of state.

According to the report, Pompeo "appears to have regularly received official schedules at his personal email account" while at the CIA.

The report noted: "This extensive use of personal email for agency business raises questions about what other activities Pompeo conducted over personal email, including at the State Department—and about whether efforts need to be undertaken to preserve government records in personal accounts.”

The watchdog group also compared Pompeo’s use of private email to Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email when she served as secretary of state under President Barack Obama — a controversy the Trump campaign has capitalized on since the 2016 presidential election.

Read the full report.

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