>> The private email spotlight squarely on Mike Pence on Thursday. The U.S. Vice President's office admitting he used a personal AOL account for public business while he was Governor of Indiana. And according to the Indianapolis Star newspaper, that account was hacked last year. The paper says Pence used his private AOL to send emails on topics ranging from the gates of his residence to how Indiana would respond to global terror alerts.
The former Governor was an open critic of Hillary Clinton during her private email saga in the run up to the Presidential Election, accusing her of endangering national security. But according to one expert quoted in The Star, Pence's account was probably just as vulnerable as Hillary's. The VP's office is downplaying the story saying that Pence had both a state email account and a private one.
According to the Star, when he learned of the hack he then switched to another AOL account. Indiana law doesn't bar officials from using personal email, but all records of state business do need to be retained and available for public information requests. Pence's office said he's ordered a review of all of his communications as Governor, telling staff to make sure they've been properly archived.