UPDATE March 3rd 3:40p.m.:
Vice President Mike Pence defended his use of a personal email account to conduct state business while he was the governor of Indiana, saying there's "no comparison" between his situation and the firestorm that erupted after it became public that Hillary Clinton had used a private email server while she was secretary of state, according to CNN.
"There's no comparison whatsoever," Pence said after an joint event with House Speaker Paul Ryan in Janesville, Wisconsin, when asked whether his situation gave him sympathy for Clinton.
Just when the world thought the private email saga was over, reports began circulating Thursday night that Vice President Mike Pence used a private email account to conduct state business as governor of Indiana, including sensitive matters and homeland security issues, The Indianapolis Star reported.
His account was also hacked last summer.
Breaking: Pence used personal email for state business and was hacked. You can't make this up. How the worm turns.— John Hergt (@natureofthings7) March 3, 2017
More than 30 pages of emails released to The Indianapolis Star after a public records request show that Pence used his personal AOL account with top advisers to address issues ranging from security gates at the governor's residence to the state's response to global terror threats.
Last June, Pence's account was compromised when a hacker sent a counterfeit email to his contacts claiming Pence and his wife had been attacked in the Philippines, and lost their money, bank cards and phones.
In a written statement Pence's office said, "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. 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.”
Indiana law does not prohibit public servants from using personal email accounts, though the law is usually interpreted that state business should be used on government-affiliated email accounts.
Critics, such as those in Hillary Clinton's case, argued that officials are able to circumvent a degree of transparency by using personal accounts because they aren't immediately captured on state servers that are searched in response to public record requests.
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