Vice President Mike Pence blasts the AP for publishing wife’s email address – CBS News
Vice President Mike Pence criticized the Associated Press for publishing the personal email address of his wife, Karen Pence, in a story on Friday about his efforts to block the release of his emails during his tenure as Indiana governor.
On Saturday, Pence said the AP was â€œviolating her privacy and our securityâ€ by publishing the second ladyâ€™s AOL email address. He tweeted a letter sent by his counsel, Mark Paoletta, addressed to Gary Pruitt, the president and CEO of the AP, saying Pruitt â€œshould be ashamed of your reprehensible conduct.â€
A spokeswoman told CBS News the â€œAP removed the email address from subsequent stories after learning Mrs. Pence still used the account. The AP stands by its story, which addresses important transparency issues.â€
The AP story followed a report in the Indianapolis Star on Thursday that revealed Penceâ€™s routine use of â€œa private email account to conduct public business as governor of Indiana, at times discussing sensitive matters and homeland security issues.â€ The newspaper obtained 29 pages of emails from the governor through a public records request after a long battle.
Pence responded to the story on Friday, saying there was â€œno comparison whatsoeverâ€ between his use of a private account and Hillary Clintonâ€™s use of a private email server, which Pence routinely criticized during last yearâ€™s presidential campaign.
In its story on Friday, the AP called the battle to obtain Penceâ€™s emails â€œjust the latest in a series of transparency battles involving the Republicanâ€™s tenure as governor.â€ The report included the personal AOL email addresses of the vice president and the second lady, who the vice presidentâ€™s counsel noted in his letter â€œis not, as you are well aware, an elected official.â€
Paoletta wrote that Karen Pence still uses her AOL account and received â€œvitriolic and malicious emailsâ€ following the AP report. He said â€œthere was absolutely no reason to publishâ€ the address and that the vice presidentâ€™s office had reached out to both the APâ€™s Indianapolis and Washington bureaus requesting their removal.
â€œI am unaware of the press publishing the private email account of any previous Second Lady,â€ Paoletta wrote. â€œYour organization should apologize to Mrs. Pence for violating her privacy.â€
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