The White House declined Wednesday to criticize Hillary Clinton for relying on a personal computer server for work emails transmitted on a non-government account.
"All I can say is ... guidelines are there," White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters, as the controversy involving the likely 2016 presidential candidate continues to create headaches for the Obama administration.
A day after the New York Times reported that the former secretary of state exclusively used a private email account for digital correspondence, the Associated Press unveiled Clinton also relied on a computer server registered to her family's home in Chappaqua, N.Y., to store the data.
Some legal observers have accused Clinton of violating federal law, which requires officials to maintain their emails for record-keeping purposes.
The White House has largely punted on the debate, opting to pass most questions along to the State Department.
Clinton has not yet personally addressed the controversy.
When asked about potential security issues of Clinton using a private server and email, Earnest replied, "There is an entirely separate classified system" for government officials to transmit the most sensitive information.