Indianapolis, Ind. – Vice President Mike Pence has come out in defense of his use of a private AOL email account used to conduct public business during his time as Governor of Indiana.
A report published on Thursday by The Indianapolis Star cited emails released as part of a public records request. The emails show Pence communicated via an AOL account with top advisors on a variety of topics.
Experts told IndyStar the revelations are surprising given Pence’s attacks on Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State.
During a September interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, Pence called Clinton “the most dishonest candidate for president of the United States since Richard Nixon.”
The Indianapolis Star obtained a written statement from Pence’s office in Washington that read in part: “Similar to previous governors, during his time as Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence maintained a state email account and a personal email account. 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.”
In response to IndyStar’s story, Pence wrote, “I’m very confident we are in full compliance with all of Indiana’s laws. And in my service as vice president. I will continue that practice.”
In response to whether he now has sympathy for Hillary Clinton regarding emails, he wrote, “There’s no comparison whatsoever between Hillary Clinton’s practice — having a private server, misusing classified information, destroying emails when they were requested by the Congress. We have fully complied with Indiana’s laws. We had outside counsel review all of my previous email records to identify any that ever mentioned or referenced state business.”
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