Vice President Mike Pence pauses while speaking before administering the oath of office to Energy Secretary Rick Perry, left, Thursday, March 2, 2017, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence used a private email account to conduct public business as Indiana’s governor, according to public records obtained by the Indianapolis Star.

The newspaper reported Thursday that emails provided through a public records request show that Pence communicated with advisers through his personal AOL account on homeland security matters and security at the governor’s residence during his four years as governor.

The vice president’s spokesman, Marc Lotter, said Pence “maintained a state email account and a personal email account” like previous governors in the state. Lotter said at the end of his term Pence directed outside counsel to review all of his communications to ensure that state-related emails were transferred and properly archived by the state.

As President Donald Trump’s running mate, Pence frequently criticized rival Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state, accusing her of purposely keeping her emails out of public reach and shielding her from scrutiny.

Lotter said “the comparison is absurd” because Clinton had set up a private server in her home at the start of her tenure at the State Department and, unlike Clinton, Pence did not handle any classified material as Indiana’s governor.

But the governor’s account faced security issues. Pence’s AOL account was subjected to a phishing scheme last spring, before he was chosen by Trump to join the ticket. Pence’s contacts were sent an email falsely claiming that the governor and his wife were stranded in the Philippines and needed money.

The governor moved to a different AOL account with additional security measures, Lotter said, but has since stopped using the new personal account since he was sworn-in as vice president.

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.

Public officials are not barred from using personal email accounts under Indiana law, but the law is interpreted to mean that any official business conducted on private email must be retained to comply with public record laws.

The state requires all records pertaining to state business to be retained and available for public information requests. Emails involving state email accounts are captured on the state’s servers, but any emails that Pence may have sent from his AOL account to another private account would need to be retained.

At the end of his term, Pence hired the Indianapolis law firm of Barnes & Thornburg to conduct a review of all of his communications and that review is still ongoing, Lotter said. Any correspondence between Pence’s AOL account and any aides using a state email account would have been automatically archived, he said.

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12 thoughts on “Mike Pence Used Private Email Account To Do State Business

  1. Dr. Larry on said:

    “Lotter said at the end of his term Pence directed outside counsel to review all of his communications to ensure that state-related emails were transferred and properly archived by the state.” Hillary didn’t do that, she had them deleted so no one could review them. More fake news to distract the plantation residents. Who goes directly to the food trough? Yep, Diane and specialt. Eat up gals, the Dems will be back in 4 years for your vote

    • Dr. Larry on said:

      This is fake news, you can’t even recognize it. It’s meant to keep sheep like you wandering around the gated enclosure.

    • Dr. Larry on said:

      Same with the Kellyanne story. OMG, she put her feet up on an Oval Office sofa, the Republicans are falling apart, tick tock, it’s just a matter of time, orange Hitler. The Democrats use you over and over because they know how to elicit a simpleton response from you, and you pay them off every time in spades. You and Diane are being manipulated and you’re not even bright enough to recognize it, even when someone points it out.

  2. Dr. Larry on said:

    CHICAGO – A Chicago woman has been convicted in the 2013 torture and abuse killing of her 8-year-old granddaughter.
    The Chicago Sun-Times reports a Cook County judge convicted 55-year-old Helen Ford of first-degree murder in Gizzell Ford’s death Thursday after finding overwhelming evidence she had tortured and killed the youngster.
    Journals the girl had kept were made public during her grandmother’s trial and they document her darkening mood as the abuse worsened.
    Gizzell Ford had written in one July 2013 entry, “I hate this life.” She was found dead two days later in her family’s apartment on Chicago’s west side after being strangled and beaten.

  3. This is me clearing my throat, I don’t know how to spell that….but ah Jose’? What say you about conducting confidential state business through person email accounts? Why didn’t Pence divulge this information while criticizing Mrs. Clinton about hers’? Your people are a bunch of lying hypocrites, he should have been as quiet as a church mouse, but nope, got to follow behind the head liar of all times, the orange hitler. Your administration will forever be known as the HOUSE OF LIARS!

    • The Indiana State gov has NO rules against governor’s using personal e-mail accounts
      As past IN Gov’s did as well
      The Federal Gov DOES have rules against S of S not only using personal e-mail but having said account on your own private server VP Pence also archived ALL of his e-mails from that account (there’s no 30K missing Hillary e-mails)……NEXT

      • Right there are no missing emails for Hillary either, deleted emails are just that DELETED, same as when you delete emails.
        And just because there is no rule against using your personal email acct to send state business doesn’t mean you should, to easily hacked, no security. Anyone doing this is incompetent and don’t deserve to be vice-p.
        Same for Hillary, past SofS used private servers, she wasn’t the first and probably won’t be the last.

      • Dr. Larry on said:

        Huf, your dealing with imbeciles with no moral compass. It’s like trying to teach physics to pre schoolers

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