VP Pence criticizes AP for publishing his wife's email address

A White House spokeswoman said Friday that Vice President Mike Pence "did everything to the letter of the law" after public records revealed that he used a private email account to conduct public business as Indiana's governor.

It said: 'Similar to previous governors, during his time as Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence maintained a state email account and a personal email account.

Public officials are not barred from using personal email accounts under IN law, but the law is interpreted to mean that any official business conducted on private email must be retained to comply with public record laws.

IndyStar reports it obtained almost 30 emails from the account via a public records request.

Pence complained that releasing the address of his wife, Karen Pence, was "violating her privacy and our security".

In the letter, the vice president's counsel Mark Paoletta wrote to express "grave concerns about the Associated Press recklessly and irresponsibly publishing the private e-mail address of Mrs. Karen Pence".

"When we requested they take it down, they refused. The @AP owes my wife an apology".

"The publication of Mrs. Pence's active private email address to millions of her readers has subjected her to vitriolic and malicious emails and raised serious security concerns", Paoletta wrote.

"We shouldn't be accidentally discovering that officials from the governor down to school board members are conducting public business on private communication channels", said Gerry Lanosga, an Indiana University professor and past president of the Indiana Coalition for Open Government.

"The AP stands by its story, which addresses important transparency issues", Easton said in the statement. But there was a "lack of clarity" in state government about what to do with them, Lotter also said. "They would love to find anything they can get on Pence or (President Donald) Trump". Gen. Bradley Becker, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence review troops on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

Meanwhile, thirteen boxes of emails from Vice President Mike Pence's term as IN governor have been turned over to state government as of Saturday morning, about two months after an earlier attempt didn't work, a spokesman said.

It's not a crime in IN for a governor to use personal email accounts for business, but it's understood that those emails would be maintained as public records, according to the Indianapolis Star. He argued Clinton's use of a private server when she was secretary of state could have jeopardized national security if the emails got into the wrong hands.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks at a USA Today newspaper carrying an article about Vice President Mike Pence's use of personal email while in office, during her flight on American Airlines to Laguardia airport in New York City, March 3, 2017. He said he did not handle classified information as Clinton did.

  • Larry Hoffman