After all the shouting and screaming over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was the Secretary of State, a new report has surfaced that Vice President Mike Pence did the very same thing when he was governor of Indiana, using a private email server through AOL.
The Indianapolis Star reported on Thursday that Pence used his private email in order to communicate about such issues as the security gates at the governor’s mansion and the state’s response to terrorism.
However, Pence has called any comparison between his actions and those of Clinton “absurd.” His argument is that he was using a commercial email provider, while Clinton had a private server installed in her home. Pence had claimed earlier, in September, that the motivation behind Clinton’s move to install the private server was an attempt to make sure that her communications were “out of the public reach, out of public accountability.”
The office Indiana’s current governor, Eric Holcomb, released more than 30 pages of emails from his predecessor in response to an information request from The Star, though an unspecified number of emails were not released, with the office citing for their reason the fact that they were confidential.
“As governor, Mr. Pence fully complied with Indiana law regarding email use and retention,” the vice president’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.”