Thirteen boxes full of Vice President Mike Pence’s e-mails were delivered to the Indiana Statehouse on Friday. His lawyers reportedly handed over the emails so that they could be legally archived.
The emails were delivered one day after it was reported that, while he was the serving as the governor of Indiana, Pence had conducted state business on an AOL email account which was compromised by hackers last summer.
A Pence spokesman said that the emails “include messages to and from government accounts, as well as Pence’s AOL email address and other non-governmental accounts.”
E-mails released in a public records request showed that Pence used the personal AOL account to communicate with top advisers. Topics they discussed included “the state’s response to terrorist attacks and an update about the arrests of several men on federal terror-related charges, relayed from the FBI by a top adviser,” according to The Hill.
When the story of his hacked e-mail account broke, critics immediately compared it to the e-mail scandals of Hillary Clinton. Pence and White House officials, however, said that this situation is completely different.
The article pointed out that “Indiana law does not bar public officials from using private email accounts, but they are expected to retain those communications for public records requests. Federal employees, on the other hand, are strongly discouraged from using personal accounts for work purposes because it makes it difficult to comply with public records laws.”
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