The delay was explained by his advisers as a delay in the analysis of their content.
Potential Republican presidential candidate, Jeb Bush, has been a harsh critic of the use of personal email account of Hillary Clinton during the period who served as Secretary of State, but a number of documents indicate that the former governor of Florida also delayed years to submit their own documents email.
According to The New York Times, Bush took about seven years to deliver their mail to meet the public records law Florida.
Jeb Bush delivered the last batch of 25,000 emails in May 2014, seven years and a half after leaving the Legislature and just when I began contemplating a possible run for the White House, as reported by the newspaper.
According to state law, officials must hand over documents relating to his time in office at the end of the term.
“If you have been adding to it, is a technical violation of the law,” said Barbara A. Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation.
Bush’s office started releasing emails from 2007, sending new sets of public communications in 2009, 2010 and 2011. “However, in 2014, a new set of 25,000 emails were discovered, what representing about 9 percent of the 280,000 emails.
This week, Bush criticized Hillary Clinton and strongly denied allegations that there were similarities in the way he and the former Secretary of State handled their private emails, saying he had been “fully transparent” about their communications.
In response, Mr. Bush’s advisers, an avid email user, said they had provided many of their messages to the office of his successor and were being reviewed for inclusion in the state archives, a process that lasted years due to the large volume.
However, according to The New York Times, Bush offered no explanation on Friday seven-year delay in conducting the search for your emails. Bush used a private email address, [email protected] throughout his eight years as governor, and encouraged constituents to write it.