White House defends Pence's use of private email while governor

White House defends Pence's use of private email while governor

Vice President Mike Pence is now responding to claims he used a personal email account to conduct business during his time of Governor of IN, a story that first appeared IN a report from our newsgathering partners at the Indianapolis Star.

The Indianapolis Star did not publish Pence's private email, but multiple email accounts-including Karen Pence's private address-appeared in the AP's reporting, leading Pence's wife to receive a torrent of "vitriolic and malicious" emails from people testing whether she was still using the same address. Publicly releasing a letter addressed to Gary B. Pruitt, President and CEO of the Associated Press, Pence announced that the news organization had refused to remove Karen Pence's email from a published story, and declared that she is owed an apology.

"We shouldn't be accidentally discovering that officials from the governor down to school board members are conducting public business on private communication channels", said Gerry Lanosga, an Indiana University professor and past president of the Indiana Coalition for Open Government.

"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.

It's not a crime in IN for a governor to use personal email accounts for business, but it's understood that those emails would be maintained as public records, according to the Indianapolis Star.

On Friday, Pence turned over 13 boxes of printed emails in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

Pence spokesman Marc Lotter says the emails are from government accounts as well as Pence's private email account used for government business.

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A Pence official would not comment or characterize what is in the AOL emails that have not been released.

"I'm very confident we are in full compliance with all of Indiana's laws".

The two stories suggested that the AOL email account was used by Pence to discuss seemingly confidential subjects such as terror attacks and to receive Federal Bureau of Investigation updates.

Pence's office told the paper that his campaign had taken steps to allow outside counsel to transfer personal emails dealing with public business to the state.

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

Clinton's use of private email was the subject of a federal investigation that determined she had exchanged classified information on a server based out of her NY home.

Pence used his personal AOL account to discuss state work periodically from the start of his administration in 2013.

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