Mike Pence Used AOL Email For State Business As Indiana's Governor
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 05, 2017,
Mar 05, 2017, 10:01
Pence's office in Washington said in a written statement Thursday: "Similar to previous governors, during his time as Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence maintained a state email account and a personal email account".
"Government emails involving his state and personal accounts are being archived by the state and are being managed according to Indiana's Access to Public Records Act".
It's worth noting public officials ARE allowed to use personal email accounts under IN law, as long as they save any emails related to official political business IN accordance with open records laws.
Private email accounts are usually less secure than government accounts and are not preserved for use in public records in the same way. Appearing on Meet the Press in September, Pence said Clinton was keeping her communications "out of the public reach, out of public accountability".
So, did Pence follow the law in his state and take steps to make all of his emails available to the public? Pence later sent an apology to his contacts and created a new account.
President Trump's running mate frequently attacked Hillary Clinton during the election campaign for using a private server for her state department emails, accusing her of intentionally covering her work from scrutiny. Perhaps she is wondering if Pence will receive the same treatment she did.
The fact that he did turn over emails, that the server was permitted, and that this was prior to him becoming vice president makes this case so much different from Hillary.
Some of Pence's emails were deemed too sensitive to be released as part of the Star's public records request. "I understand having to defend the indefensible corruption, incompetence and extremism of team Trump is a full-time gig, but the citizens of Wisconsin have a right to talk to their home state House Speaker".
A restricted, invite-only photo opportunity between Mike Pence and Paul Ryan at a Janesville business today is not a town hall meeting with constituents, One Wisconsin Now noted. That's patently false. Will Pence also be subject to an FBI investigation over his email transactions?