Pence used private email while Indiana
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[March 03, 2017]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice
President Mike Pence used a private email account to conduct public
business as governor of Indiana, his office said in a statement on
The private email account was first reported by the Indianapolis Star,
which said Pence used it at times to discuss sensitive matters and
homeland security issues. The account was hacked last summer, the
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Pence criticized Democratic
nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was
U.S. secretary of state, saying it endangered national security.
"Similar to previous governors, during his time as Governor of Indiana,
Mike Pence maintained a state email account and a personal email
account," Pence's office said in a statement.
Indiana law does not prohibit public officials from using personal email
accounts, the Star said.
After Pence was hacked in June by a scammer who sent a plea for money to
his email contacts, the governor set up a new AOL account, the Star
Pence was chosen by then-Republican candidate Donald Trump as his
running mate in July.
Indiana law requires all records dealing with state business to be
retained and available for public information requests, the Star
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Vice President Mike Pence speaks before swearing in Ryan Zinke to be
Secretary of the Interior, in Washington, U.S., March 1, 2017.
Pence's office said in the statement that he directed outside
counsel to review all of his communications as Indiana governor to
ensure that state-related emails were being transferred and properly
archived by the state.
(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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