Vice President Pence said Friday “there’s no comparison” between his use of a private email address to conduct state business as Indiana governor and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump defends indicted GOP congressman GOP lawmaker says he expects to be indicted over FBI investigation Why it's time for conservatives to accept the 2020 election results and move on MORE’s personal email server.
"There's no comparison whatsoever between Hillary Clinton's practice — having a private server, mishandling classified information, destroying emails when they were requested by the Congress,” Pence told reporters after a healthcare event in Wisconsin.
Pence added that he has "fully complied with all of Indiana's laws."
Critics have accused Pence of hypocrisy after the Indianapolis Star revealed he used an AOL account to communicate with top advisers, including on sensitive topics like homeland security. The account was hacked last year, the report said.
During the presidential race, Pence was critical of Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct business as secretary of State.
Pence cheered the FBI’s decision last October to take a second look at emails from Clinton’s server “because no one is above the law.”
There are numerous differences, however, between Pence and Clinton’s email use.
Indiana law does not bar public officials from using private email accounts, but they are expected to retain those communications for public records requests.
Federal employees, on the other hand, are strongly discouraged from using personal accounts for work purposes because it makes it difficult to comply with public records laws.
Pence said he has directed his lawyers to review all of his private email communications to ensure that state-related messages are given over to and properly archived by the state government. That process is still ongoing, according to his spokesman, Marc Lotter.
"I'm very confident we are in full compliance with all of Indiana's laws. And in my service as vice-president I will continue that practice,” the vice president said.