White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett told Bloomberg News in an interview aired today that she never got an email from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“I actually did not,” she interjected when host Erik Schatzker said, “I’d have to imagine that while the Clinton was the Secretary of State, you received e-mails from her.”
“No, I have not received an e-mail from Secretary Clinton,” Jarrett stressed.
Did anybody in the Obama administration receive emails from Clinton while she was at the State Department?
“That I don’t know,” Jarrett responded. “I do know that obviously the president has a very firm policy that e-mail should be kept on government systems. He believes in transparency. And I know that the State Department is currently working with the National Archives to make sure that all of Secretary Clinton’s e-mails are captured.”
Asked if Clinton broke policy by using personal email on a private server for official communications, Jarrett said, “I defer totally to the State Department for that. We established the policy here, but then we leave it up to every single agency to determine how to adhere to that policy.”
Would the White House fire somebody using personal email to conduct official business?
“Well, I don’t want to get into a hypothetical,” Jarrett said. “I do know that we have training here at the White House on a continuance basis to make sure that our staff understand the importance of keeping it on the system, so that it’s there.”
“And we believe in the transparency and we believe in the public records, that they need to be captured. And so we constantly are having trainings for our team to make sure they know what’s going on and we encourage all of the other agencies to do the same.”