Pence Used Personal Email for Official Business as Governor
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Mar 05, 2017,
Mar 05, 2017, 10:00
The current IN governor's office declined to release other Pence emails due to confidentiality issues.
Yesterday, the vice president said there is "no comparison whatsoever" between his use of a private email account while he was the governor of IN, and Clinton's very public email scandal from her time as USA secretary of state - both of which involved hacking.
A Pence official would not comment or characterize what is in the AOL emails that have not been released. Emails were sent and money were asked from the ones in Pence's list. Whether Pence saved AOL emails communicating to other private accounts, which would shield him from disclosure laws, is purely speculative. Government emails are monitored on state servers, but personal emails, of course, are not.
Lotter told the AP that the law firm Barnes & Thornburg is now reviewing Pence's communications as governor and that contact between Pence and his aides who were using government email accounts would be automatically archived.
US Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who accompanied Pence, said it was essential to get government out of the way of the healthcare system. But that's exactly what happened on Friday, when Clinton was photographed reading headlines on Mike Pence's email controversy.
During the campaign, the entire Republican Party argued that despite Hillary Clinton's copious qualifications for the presidency, it would be unconscionably risky to let her anywhere near the Oval Office because she had used a private email account while Secretary of State.
The State Department's internal watchdog said Clinton's use of a private server broke department rules. "Government emails involving his state and personal accounts are being archived by the state consistent with IN law, and are being managed according to Indiana's Access to Public Records Act".
The fact that Pence sent emails regarding the arrest of refugees charged with helping the Islamic State (ISIS) and regarding security measures at the governor's mansion, using a personal server, is a serious problem. He did everything to the letter of the law in IN, turned all of his emails over, unlike Hillary Clinton who lost at least 30,000, who knows how many more, had a private server, classified information which he didn't have. As then-Governor Pence concluded his time in office, he directed outside counsel to review all of his communications to ensure that state-related emails are being transferred and properly archived by the state, in accordance with the law, which outside counsel has done and is continuing to do.