Years of South Carolina governor's official emails disappear

Years of South Carolina governor's official emails disappear
Gov. Henry McMaster. (Source: Office of the Governor of South Carolina)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Two years' worth of emails South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster sent and received before he took the state's top job have been deleted despite priorities to save the electronic communications as historical records.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports ( that no one acted to preserve McMaster's emails from his time as lieutenant governor and they were automatically deleted after six months.

McMaster was elevated from lieutenant governor after his predecessor Nikki Haley was named United Nations ambassador in January.

McMaster early on backed the presidential bid of Donald Trump - who attacked Democrat Hillary Clinton for deleted emails.

McMaster spokesman Brian Symmes says the governor wasn't involved in deleting the emails.

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