Defense Secretary Ash Carter used his Gmail account for some government communications during his first months in office — a lapse in security that echoes Hillary Clinton's extensive use of private email during her tenure as secretary of state.
According to the New York Times, which first reported Carter's use of personal email and obtained 72 work-related emails the defense secretary sent from his iPhone and iPad, Carter emailed about "legislation, television appearances and how to pay for a hotel bill," among other topics.
This violates Defense Department rules, in place since 2012, about using personal email for government business.
Carter says he never emailed about classified information. And his spokesman told the Times that he copied or forwarded official government business to his federal email account, which he's required to do. Still, Carter told reporters Thursday he "should have known better" and "didn't do the right thing," according to the Washington Post.