VP Pence Demands Apology From Associated Press For Publishing Wife's Private

Caroline Beck
March 6, 2017

Mike Pence blasted The Associated Press Saturday and demanded an apology for revealing his wife's email address in a story on the vice president's use of his personal email account to conduct state business while he was in governor.

Easton said: "AP removed the email address from subsequent stories after learning Mrs. Pence still used the account".

Mike Pence has sent the AP a sternly worded letter after the wire service published the current personal email address of Karen Pence, reports Politico.

The Indianapolis Star had reported the previous day that Pence routinely used his private email account to conduct state business, including dealing with "sensitive matters" like homeland security issues, Federal Bureau of Investigation updates on arrests and terror attacks around the globe. But it also issued a statement saying: "The AP stands by its story, which addresses important transparency issues".

IN law does not bar public officials from using personal email, but generally does require that messages connected to official business be kept for public information purposes. Critics, however, say emails from Pence's private account should have been disclosed earlier.

A Pence official would not comment or characterize what is in the AOL emails that have not been released.

'We have fully complied with all of Indiana's laws'.

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In the letter, the vice president's counsel Mark Paoletta wrote to express "grave concerns about the Associated Press recklessly and irresponsibly publishing the private e-mail address of Mrs. Karen Pence".

Lotter did not explain if previous IN governors also used their personal email accounts to conduct state business. Many called the vice president a hypocrite after his criticism of Clinton's private email server during the 2016 campaign season.

'Government emails involving his state and personal accounts are being archived by the state consistent with IN law, and are being managed according to Indiana's Access to Public Records Act'.

It was not immediately clear if Pence handled classified information on his her personal email account, although, as a governor, he would be less likely to do so compared to Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time.

The emails are from government accounts as well as Pence's private email account used for government business, spokesman Marc Lotter said.

Pence used his personal AOL account to discuss state work periodically from the start of his administration in 2013.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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