Vice President Pence is under fire after it’s been made aware that he used an AOL email account to interact with top advisers on sensitive information.
The former Indiana Governor did nothing illegal but did share information that was considered sensitive not classified. The Indianapolis Star reported that the information exchanged on the email was completely legal and was fully allowed to do so, but many people are getting upset since the then Governor rebuked Hillary Clinton’s private email.
The New York Times commented on the connection between Pence and Clinton saying:
Mr. Pence’s use of personal email to conduct public business echoed Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server and email account when she was secretary of state. That practice was the subject of investigations, drew considerable criticism from Republicans and was frequently used as fodder by President Trump during his campaign.
Pence spokesman, Marc Lotter, told the Star that attempting to connect Clinton’s misuse with what Pence did was absolutely ridiculous. Pence didn’t handle federally classified information and didn’t hide a private server in his basement. All emails that Pence sent could be available if requested.
Current Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb had his office open 30 pages of Mr. Pence’s email account after the Star made a public records request. There was an unidentified amount of emails that were allegedly too confidential or too sensitive to make public.
The former Governor’s account was compromised in the summer when someone sent an email to his contacts stating that the Pence family were stranded in the Philippines and needed money. Upon learning of the issue, Pence shut down his email, apologized to his contacts, and created a new AOL account. It’s now assumed the hack was a part of a mass attack, not targeted at Pence.
According to Indiana law, Mr. Pence did nothing wrong and issued the following statement via the Vice President’s office:
“As governor, Mr. Pence fully complied with Indiana law regarding email use and retention,” the statement said. “Government emails involving his state and personal accounts are being archived by the state consistent with Indiana law and are being managed according to Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act.”