The former ambassador to Kenya, who was fired in 2012 for using a private email account in violation of State Department policy set by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, told CNN Sunday that his dismissal was unfair in light of the Clinton revelations.
Scott Gration, a retired Air Force general before his appointment to the ambassadorship, said Clinton’s own exclusive use of private email accounts for official business meant his firing represented a “double standard.”
“As I was going through it, I did not perceive that it was a double standard because I did not know of Secretary Clinton’s use of a commercial email account,” Gration told CNN host Michael Smerconish on “State of the Union.”
“But as I’ve reflected on it in the last couple of days, it does appear like there was a different standard that was used in my case and that has been used in hers.”
After noting that Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s chief of staff, did the actual firing of Gration, Smerconish wondered if Mills had known her own boss was violating the department’s prohibition on private email.
“In the end, we’ll have to ask Cheryl Mills that question,” the ambassador said. “But I would assume that she knew.”
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