The U.S. Presidential elections were marred by many controversies, chief among them being Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton's use of her own email to carry out government business when she was the Secretary of State. However, it appears that the Republicans may have a similar issue right at their home. Vice- President Mike Pence appears to have done exactly the same thing when he was governor.
Victim of a Phishing attack
Worse still, Mike Pence was also the victim of a phishing attack and his private email id, an AOL id, was used to send messages to many of his contacts that he was stranded somewhere and needed money urgently. This happened while he was still Governor and thus is a key position in the government. Pence later abandoned the specific email id that had been used to launch the phishing attack and switched to another one with enhanced security. This happened before he was picked by President Trump as part of his presidential team for the campaign.
Now, Indiana has run up a whopping bill of $100,000 to deal with the aftermath of the phishing attack and the fact that Pence did use the private email id to conduct some affairs of state. The $100,000 is being paid to a law firm which will handle numerous of public records requests that have been received by the office pertaining to the duration when Pence was Governor.
Pence's attack on Clinton for private server use
Interestingly enough, Mike Pence led the virulent attack against Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for her use of a private server to conduct government business. This issue was one of the biggest reasons for her inability to step into the Oval Office, it is felt. Pence made sustained criticisms about Clinton's private server use, in particular, pointing out how vulnerable this made critical government documents. After all the criticism about ignoring digital security that he leveled against Clinton, it appears to be a major contradiction for him to have done exactly the same thing.
Not the same thing- says spokesman
However, speaking for the Vice President, spokesman Marc Lotter has categorically stated that comparisons between Clinton's case and Pence's are not correct because 'they are not the same thing'. He has further explained that the kind of matters dealt with by a Governor through his private address are very different from the matters of state security that the Secretary of State would possibly be dealing with via emails.