Photo of Clinton reading about Pence's email scandal goes viral
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 06, 2017,
Mar 06, 2017, 4:05
Hillary Clinton looks at an article about Mike Pence's use of personal email.
Pence and others involved in the Republican presidential campaign a year ago criticized Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state.
Vice President Mike Pence reportedly used a private email account to conduct public business, including homeland security matters, while he was governor of Indiana.
It is not illegal in IN to own and use a personal account while in office, nor is it against the law to handle work-related matters from a personal account - so long as those emails are in some way archived. Clinton, after all, received a number of e-mails that contained national security classified information.
Public officials are allowed to use personal email accounts under IN law, however, it is generally viewed to mean that official business, when conducted with private emails, must be retained for public record purposes, according to IndyStar.
Pence's email was compromised last spring, according to a Pence official, and emails were sent from his account saying that he was robbed on an overseas trip and he needed money.
The e-mails, which the newspaper obtained through a public-records request, belie the Trump campaign's professed outrage over Clinton's use of a private e-mail server as secretary of state-an irony that will likely go unappreciated by those voters for whom data security was their top issue.
His argument is that he was using a commercial email provider, while Clinton had a private server installed in her home.
Following a public records request IndyStar was given 29 pages of emails from Pence's AOL account.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Unlike Clinton's server, however, it took a lot less than Vladimir Putin WikiLeaks to hack Pence's account. With FBI director James Comey's help, Trump and Republicans made Clinton's use of private email the single most important issue of the 2016 presidential campaign. Sanders added: "He's a governor, which means he wasn't handling classified information like she was".
On Friday, the AP reported the Pences used their AOL accounts to conduct official business since at least 2013. This is worrisome for all the reasons described when Clinton deleted what were ostensibly emails about her yoga routine and Chelsea's wedding.