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Several reports that Secretary of Labor Tom Perez used a private email account while working for the Department of Justice may hamper his planned bid to succeed Donna Brazile as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Perez, 55, is expected to challenge Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) for the spot.

However, as the Wall Street Journal reported in 2014, members of Congress found that Perez had used a private email account during his tenure in the Civil Rights Division to "cover up [a] quid pro quo" in a way that "likely violated both the spirit and letter of the Federal Records Act."

The resurfacing of the reports put into question whether he will be able to mount a successful bid for the spot Brazile took over after the departure of Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.).

At the time, Perez allegedly agreed not to intercede in a Saint Paul, Minn. false claims case brought against the city in exchange for Mayor Chris Coleman (D) agreeing to withdraw a lawsuit from the Supreme Court, the Journal reported.

More recently, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came under fire for allegedly using a private email server kept in her New York State home while she was secretary of state.

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