Mike Pence Used Personal Email To Conduct Indiana Business

Vice President Mike Pence used a personal email account to conduct official business while he served as the governor of Indiana, the Indianapolis Star reported Thursday evening.

The Indianapolis Star reviewed emails obtained through a public information request, which show that Pence used a personal AOL account to communicate with staff about a range of topics, including about homeland security issues. Pence’s top homeland security adviser sent Pence an update from the FBI to his personal email about men arrested on federal terror-related charges, according to the Indianapolis Star. Pence’s email was hacked into last summer, per the Indianapolis Star.

Pence’s office issued a statement to the Indianapolis Start acknowledging that he used a personal email account as governor and stating that he followed the law.

“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,” Pence’s office said in a statement. “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.”

The Vice President criticized Hillary Clinton’s used of a private email server on the campaign trail, once calling the FBI’s decision not to bring charges against the former secretary of state “troubling” and “incomprehensible.”

A spokesman for Pence, Mark Lotter, told the Indianpolis Star that a comparison between Clinton’s email use and Pence’s email use was “absurd,” arguing that Pence did not share federal classified material.

Read the Indianapolis Star’s full report here.

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Sincerely,
TPM Staff
Latest Livewire
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Reporters:
Newswriters:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: