By The Associated Press The Republican National Committee is using private email accounts to discuss the party’s agenda and communicate with lawmakers, including its presidential nominee.
The RNC has been using the account for years as a private network for discussing the party, but the use of a private email account by party officials is unprecedented and the RNC has never disclosed the details of the network.
RNC officials said they use the private account to coordinate and manage their own activities, and it was not clear if the RNC is using the private email to conduct campaign fundraising, which is not required under law.
The use of private email is also a significant departure from past practice.
Democrats have long been required to use a separate account to communicate with their campaigns and their allies.
In recent years, many Republicans have also used private email for their campaign fundraising and messaging, and some have even begun using a private account for other purposes.
But Republicans have mostly avoided using the accounts to conduct official campaign work, leaving it unclear whether they will continue doing so in the future.
RNC spokesman Jason Miller said the RNC was still trying to find a solution to the private use of email, but that it was a “minimal inconvenience” that was a requirement for the RNC to be able to communicate effectively.
Miller said Republicans were not using their private accounts to communicate privately with members of Congress or other party officials.
“The RNC is not using a separate private email address to communicate directly with members and staff,” Miller said in a statement.
“There are a variety of reasons why this may be the case, but we are not using it to communicate exclusively with members or staff.”
The Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, has long said he is not going to use his private email.
“I’m going to do everything I can to be as transparent as possible,” Trump said in an interview with the Associated Press in December.
“If I need anything done, I’m going and I’m not going on an email account.”
Miller said that he was not aware of any RNC member using the server as a communications device.
“As far as we know, there’s no one who’s been using this as a campaign device,” Miller added.
He also said that the RNC did not have an email address for the private accounts, which was different from the party account.
“In theory, the RNC could have used their own email address, but in practice, we don’t have that flexibility,” Miller noted.
“So, there are no official accounts that use the RNC’s private email.”
Democrats have criticized the RNC for using the use as a tool to circumvent the party rules.
A former campaign aide to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said that Wasserman Schultz, a member of the House Democratic Caucus, used the private servers to conduct fundraising and other communications while she was chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
Wasserman Schultz said in the interview that the use was a mistake.
“My personal view is that it’s not appropriate for anyone to be using private emails to conduct business, including to communicate on behalf of the DNC,” she said in January.
Wasserman Shultz, a former DNC chairwoman, is the second person to be charged with violating campaign finance laws in connection with her use of the private emails.
In August, former DNC interim chair Donna Brazile resigned over emails that showed her asking staffers for help finding donors.
Brazile, a CNN contributor and a former White House reporter, was ousted from her post after her emails showed she was helping Clinton campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Braziles’ use of personal email to contact campaign donors has been a central point of controversy over the last year.
A report released this month by the Justice Department found that she used a private server to conduct state campaign fundraising while she served as the interim DNC chair.
Brazili also used the personal email address of an official campaign account while serving as interim DNC Chairwoman.
She later admitted she used that account to conduct work on behalf her former campaign.
The Justice Department’s investigation was released months after a CNN report that found Brazile was using the personal accounts of campaign staffers in the hopes of raising money for the DNC and other Democratic campaigns.
Brazilia has also been a key figure in the 2016 election cycle, as she helped steer the party in a more progressive direction, but was forced to step down from her role as interim chairwoman after her Democratic primary loss to Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary.
The FBI investigation into her email use began in June 2016, according to a report by the New York Times.
The investigation focused on whether Brazile violated the Federal Election Campaign Act, a campaign finance law that requires federal candidates to report contributions from their supporters.
Brazily’s use of her private email email address also came under scrutiny in the summer of 2016, after an email surfaced showing her discussing a meeting with former Vice President Joe Biden, who was then in the