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Report: Pence Used AOL Email to Conduct Business as Governor

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Vice President Mike Pence (AP Photo/Patric Semansky)

Thursday, 02 Mar 2017 09:09 PM

Vice President Mike Pence routinely used a private email account to conduct public business as governor of Indiana – and was hacked last summer, the Indianapolis Star reported Thursday.

Emails released to the newspaper show Pence communicated via his personal AOL account with 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 newspaper reported.

In one email, the Star reported, Pence's top state homeland security adviser relayed an update from the FBI regarding the arrests of several men on federal terror-related charges.

According to the Star, Pence's account was compromised last summer by a scammer who sent an email to Pence's contacts claiming the governor and his wife were stranded in the Philippines and needed money.

"Similar to previous governors, during his time as Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence maintained a state email account and a personal email account," a statement from Pence's Washington office said.

"As Governor, Mr. Pence fully complied with Indiana law regarding email use and retention. 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.”

Indiana law does not prohibit public officials from using personal email accounts, but the Star reported the law is generally interpreted to mean official business conducted on private email must be retained for public record purposes.

Pence was a sharp critic of Hillary Clinton throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, accusing her of trying to keep her emails out of public reach and exposing classified information to potential hackers.

His spokesman, Marc Lotter called any comparisons between Pence and Clinton "absurd," noting Pence did not deal with federally classified information as governor, and he used a well-known consumer email provider while Clinton had a private server installed in her home.

"There is an issue of double standard here," Gerry Lanosga, a professor at Indiana University and past president of the Indiana Coalition for Open Government. "Officials are eager to point the finger at a lack of transparency when it happens on the other side, but they dodge those issues when it comes to their own side."

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Vice President Mike Pence routinely used a private email account to conduct public business as governor of Indiana – and was hacked last summer, the Indianapolis Star reported Thursday.
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