Vice President Mike Pence routinely used a private email account to conduct public business as governor of Indiana.
The private email account was first reported by The Indianapolis Star reported in response to a public records request showing Pence used his personal email to account to discuss sensitive matters and homeland security.
According to reports, Pence used his personal AOL email account to correspond with key advisors in Indiana on topics ranging from the state’s response to terror attacks to one email containing an update from the FBI regarding several men arrested on federal terror-related charges.
Indiana’s current governor’s office released nearly 30 pages of emails from Pence’s AOL account, but declined to release an unspecified number of others because the state considers them confidential and too sensitive to release to the public.
The White House released a statement regarding Pence use of his personal email account while governor of Indiana, “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.” Indiana law does not prohibit public officials from using personal email accounts; however the emails must be retained as public record.
Pence’s personal AOL account was hacked over the summer by a scammer who emailed Pence’s contact list, claiming that Pence and his wife were stranded in the Philippines and needed money, the Star reported.
This news comes with much irony as Pence was very critical of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for using her personal email while serving as secretary of state. Pence took a strong stance against Clinton during the presidential campaign saying her actions endangered national security.