Vice President Mike Pence, amidst revelations that he used a personal email account to conduct official business when he was governor of Indiana, said what he did was different from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email when she was secretary of state.
“What Hillary Clinton did was a clear violation of law and a threat to national security while my use of personal email was a smart and necessary action that benefitted the people of Indiana,” Pence said in a statement released today.
Pence’s use of a personal AOL email account was revealed yesterday in a report by The Indianapolis Star.
According to reports, Pence maintained an account that was hacked by a small-time scammer who sent emails saying the governor and his wife were trapped in the Philippines and needed money to return to the United States.
It’s not clear what information was exposed, but in his statement, Pence said the hacking is “fake news” and that it did not lead to the loss of any official information. “Not only did the hacking not occur, as the media is trying to say it did, but the hacking did not compromise any official information about the state or its citizens,” Pence said.
Clinton’s use of a private email, by contrast, threatened the national security of the United States because her account was on a private server that could have been subject to hacking. “Did the Russians or other foreign enemy of the United States compromise her account?” Pence asked. “These are questions the American people have been right to raise.”
As governor, Pence said, when he learned his account had been hacked, he immediately ordered a review to determine “what did I know and when did I l know it?” And yet Clinton did nothing similar, he said, when she learned she was operating a private email account. “She ordered no review until she was forced into doing it,” he said.
According to the report in The Indianapolis Star, of 30 pages of emails released by the government, several of them contained official communications between Pence and other state officials about his state’s response to terror threats and the handling of men on federal terror charges.
Clinton, when asked for her response to these revelations, said, “Wait, AOL still has email accounts?”
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