The revelation stands in sharp contrast to President Barack Obama’s promise that his would be the most transparent administration in history.
“They’ve been moving government over to private email,” said Mr. Horner in an interview with the Washington Times. “In the book, I reveal private servers the White House had universities and pressure groups set up so they can conduct discussions.”
Open-records laws do not allow federal workers to use private emails to skirt public information requests.
On Friday, Republican members of the House Science Committee released a statement expressing their intent to investigate the matter. “This reported incident follows similarly secretive and highly questionable methods of communication by senior officials at science agencies within the White House, Department of Commerce (DOC), and Department of Energy (DOE).”