Published: Mon, March 06, 2017
National | By Miranda Cannon

Mike Pence Rips AP For Publishing His Wife's Email Address


Politicians seem to have an affinity for using private email accounts, and Vice President Mike Pence was no exception. The article said that both email addresses were used to conduct official business back to 2013.

The story surfaced following a report by the Indianapolis Star on Thursday, which claimed that Pence used a private AOL account to conduct state business during his tenure as governor of Indiana.

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".

"The AP stands by its story, which addresses important transparency issues", Easton said in the statement.

The Star, which obtained the emails in a public records request, said that in response to its investigation the vice president's office confirmed that Pence "maintained a state email account and a personal account".

Pence has come under fire for the emails in the wake of Trump campaign blasts against Hillary Clinton for using a personal email server for messages while she was secretary of state.

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'We have fully complied with all of Indiana's laws'.

In a Weekend Update segment heavy on shots fired at the Trump Administration, Jost transitioned to Pence after talking about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' failure to disclose contacts with the Russian ambassador during his confirmation hearing.

In the letter, the vice president's counsel Mark Paoletta wrote to express "grave concerns about the Associated Press recklessly and irresponsibly publishing the private e-mail address of Mrs. Karen Pence". He called Clinton "the most dishonest" presidential candidate in decades, according to The Wall Street Journal, in part because of her use of a private server.

"If your son or my son handled classified information the way Hillary Clinton did, they'd be court-martialed", Pence said during the vice president debate with Tim Kaine.

CNN submitted a public records request to the IN governor's office IN September for emails between Pence, using his personal AOL email, and his top staff. Pence's office never responded to follow-up requests from CNN, but a spokeswoman for Holcomb said she was reviewing the request.

What's more, Pence's AOL account was indeed hacked, although it was apparently a garden-variety breach rather than one that originated at a foreign intelligence agency.

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