As Governor, Mike Pence Used an AOL Email Account
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Mar 06, 2017,
Mar 06, 2017, 7:43
Earlier in the day, he complained to The Associated Press about publishing private information about his wife, Margaret Pence. "Vice President Pence has a proven track record of Conservative principles and has staunchly defended Christian values during his time in public office".
On Friday, Pence turned over 13 boxes of printed emails in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
Vice President Mike Pence reportedly used a private email account to conduct public business, including homeland security matters, while he was governor of Indiana.
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.
Unsurprisingly, Pence received little sympathy from the left, which even brought up President Trump's executive orders on immigration.
The newspaper reported that the office of Pence's successor, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, released more than 30 pages from Pence's AOL account, but declined to release an unspecified number of emails because they were considered confidential.
A rep for the AP responds that it "removed the email address from subsequent stories after learning Mrs. Pence still used the account". There was however a "lack of clarity" on what the state would do with those emails. Many on social media made note of the irony from the vice president, who publicly criticized Clinton for her use of a private server.
"There's no comparison whatsoever between Hillary Clinton's practice of having a private servers, mishandling classified information, destroying emails when they were requested by the Congress and by officials", Pence said on 3 March.
Almost 30 emails released to IndyStar in response to a public records request show Pence communicated with his top advisers on topics ranging from security gates at the governor's residence to the state's response to terror attacks across the globe. The FBI determined Clinton's actions were not worth prosecuting, but FBI Director James Comey last summer berated her actions. Pence's contacts were sent an email falsely claiming that the governor and his wife were stranded in the Philippines and needed money.
"[It] really was embarrassing for me to have millions of Americans learn that I'm one of the few people in the country to still have an AOL account", he said.