Vice President Pence demanded an apology from the Associated Press for publishing his wife’s email address — and he got it.
The news wire service regrettably published Karen Pence’s personal AOL account Friday amid an open records request that revealed that the then-Indiana governor used his private email to discuss sensitive state business, including matters of homeland security.
“Before the story was published we thought that Mrs. Pence’s email address was no longer active,” AP spokeswoman Lauren Easton wrote in an open letter Monday.
“We now recognize that including her email address in the story could result in unfortunate and unintended consequences for the Pences. We regret if the publication of Mrs. Pence’s email address caused any problems.”
In light of the apology, the AP notes that the Office of the Vice President refused to answer their reporter’s questions leading up to the story titled “Pence fought against releasing records as Indiana governor.”
The following day, Pence’s office reached out to the AP to “express grave concerns” about publishing the Second Lady’s email address to “millions” of readers.
Pence counsel Mark Paoletta claims the organization refused to retract, redact or issue a correction. The AP removed references to Karen Pence’s email address in stories following the complaint.
Easton affirms that Friday’s coverage “was an important story in the public interest exploring government transparency and accountability.”
The records were part of a 29-page document released by current Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the Indianapolis Star.
The Star reported that Pence was hacked during a phishing scam while using the AOL account.
The week’s email fiasco was an ironic twist, especially since the GOP spent months burning former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for using a private email address and server during her State Department stint.
The FBI investigated Clinton for sharing classified documents on drone strikes in emails funneled through the server and whether she violated disclosure laws for having deleted emails.
Clinton appeared to learn of Pence’s own email habits over the weekend by reading a USA Today front page while flying.