In a scene that would strike many as ironic, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was spotted Friday staring intently at a copy of USA Today, with a front-page headline that read, “Pence Used Personal Email in Office.”
The story made national headlines after the vice president confirmed the practice on Thursday. However, he emphatically denies his use of a private email was even remotely similar to that of Clinton’s.
“There’s no comparison whatsoever between Hillary Clinton’s practice of having a private server, mishandling classified information, destroying emails when they were requested by the Congress and by officials,” he said.
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“We have fully complied with all of Indiana’s laws, we had outside counsel review all of my private email records to identify any emails that ever referenced or mentioned state business related activities, and as Indiana law requires we transferred all of those to the state of Indiana subject to the public access laws,” he added.
It should also be noted that while Pence and Clinton both used a private email account to conduct state business, no Indiana law forbids such a practice, whereas State Department policy strongly discourages such conduct.
Indiana law does, however, forbid the use of a state issued email to conduct political business, making a private email account for someone in Pence’s position almost a necessity.
It is also likely that had Clinton cooperated with members of Congress and federal investigators when her emails were requested, the scandal would have been far less damaging.
While Pence claims he complied with all Indiana laws governing the storage and transfer of state emails for the preservation of public record, Clinton did the opposite, deleting several thousand work related emails in the process.
Representatives for Pence released a statement Thursday corroborating the vice president’s account.
“Similar to previous governors, during his time as governor of Indiana, Mike Pence maintained a state email account and a personal email account. As governor, Mr. Pence fully complied with Indiana law regarding email use and retention,” the statement read.
“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,” it continued.
Pence has called for additional reviews to ensure all emails pertaining to affairs of state were properly transferred and stored.
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