You may have thought that, following the electoral defeat of Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and the change in administration from former President Barack Obama to President Donald Trump, you would no longer read stories pertaining to the use of unsecured private email servers to conduct official government business.
Alas, you would have been wrong, as government watchdog group Judicial Watch just issued a news release including a link to a 216-page document containing numerous messages to or from former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, as well as three other top DHS officials, that were sent through private, unsecured, web-based email accounts.
The documents were produced in response to a May 2016 Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against DHS after the agency had ignored a previous FOIA request filed in December 2015, which had sought any emails related to official government business sent or received by Johnson and the three other officials on a non-.gov email address.
Those three officials were named as Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, chief of staff Christian Marrone and general counsel Stevan Bunnell, and they as well as Johnson have been found to have conducted official business using non-official email accounts.
Some highlights of the released emails include one from the Kuwaiti ambassador to Johnson that sought to arrange a meeting between Johnson and Kuwait’s interior minister. That email proceeded to discuss the minister’s meetings with the heads of the CIA, the FBI and the director of national intelligence.
A similar message was also received by Johnson from the U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia that discussed an upcoming meeting with the Saudi interior minister.