Mike Pence on personal email use: 'No comparison' to Clinton

Posted March 06, 2017

Vice-President Mike Pence has criticized the Associated Press for listing his wife's email address in a story about his frequent resistance to public records requests while Indiana's governor. Pence said in a tweet that publishing the email of Pence's wife, Karen, violated her privacy and their security. The vice president also posted a detailed letter addressed to Gary Pruitt, AP's president and CEO, demanding an apology for a story the news agency published Friday.

The AP published her email in an article called 'Pence fought against releasing records as in governor, ' which was published following the Indianapolis Star's uncovering of Pence's use of a private email account while serving as in governor.

AP spokeswoman Lauren Easton told The Hill that the "AP removed the email address from subsequent stories after learning Mrs. Pence still used the account".

However, she said the AP "stands by its story, which addresses important transparency issues".

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, left, dressed as Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, and First Lady Karen Pence, right, dressed as an Indiana Fever player, pose for a photograph at the Halloween party they hosted at the Governor's Residence on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.

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After flatly delivering the news about the vice president's emails, Jost followed with the punchline of, "Pence said he originally chose AOL because Hotmail was forbidden by his church", with a noticeable pause between the words "hot" and "mail".

And while both the vice president and the SNL writers took aim at Pence having an AOL account, cast member Colin Jost delivered a much sharper jab about why the somewhat outdated service was Pence's email provider of choice. There was however a "lack of clarity" on what the state would do with those emails.

"As Governor, Mr. Pence fully complied with IN law regarding email use and retention", a Pence spokesperson told the Indianapolis Star. "Now we commend the Federal Bureau of Investigation in this case for following the facts because in America, no one is above the law".

Holcomb declined to release further emails citing an exemption in Indiana's public records law that allows officials to withhold documents discussing the creation of public policy, according to The Star. Many called the vice president a hypocrite after his criticism of Clinton's private email server during the 2016 campaign season. A scammer was able to send an email to his contacts last summer claiming Pence and his wife were stranded in the Philippines and in urgent need of money, according to the Indianapolis Star. Pence's AOL account was subjected to a phishing scheme last spring, before he was chosen by Donald Trump to join the GOP presidential ticket.