The Associated Press reports that from her inauguration in January 2013 through August 2015, Attorney General Kathleen Kane conducted official business through her private email accounts.
Altogether, Kane sent or received about 4,000 emails through her AOL and Yahoo accounts during this time period.
The AG’s office has released about two-thirds of these messages but is holding onto 1,144 emails.
According to Kane’s office these emails deal with: personal medical and mental health; workplace discrimination, sexual harassment and employee discipline; secret grand jury and attorney-client communications; and information that could identify agents performing an undercover or covert law enforcement activity.
Then-AG Tom Corbett first instituted a policy in 2009 that would make using private accounts for work-related business a fireable offense. Nonetheless, Kane’s spokesman Chuck Ardo maintains that Kane is in charge of the policy and so can choose to exempt herself.
Despite all this, the AP found that the AG wrote in a 2014 missive to an aide to tell senior staff that they shouldn’t use personal accounts because they were “not secure”.
Ardo also revealed that Kane sometimes still uses her private address for business.
“Given her authority to choose to use her private email account, no one has attempted to dissuade her from doing so,” he said.