Pence: An awkward email revelation
“If you’ re standing up, please sit down,” said Elliot Hannon in Slate.com. Vice President Mike Pence admitted last week he used a private email account to conduct official state business while he was governor of Indiana. That’s the same Mike Pence who spent so much time during the campaign “baying” about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server, as crowds shouted “Lock her up!” What “utter shamelessness.” In his emails, the ex-governor trafficked in sensitive matters—including homeland security concerns and FBI updates on terror-related arrests—and wouldn’t you know it, his “AOL account was hacked.” Yet Pence had the gall to condemn Clinton for email practices very similar to his own. “I look forward to being BCC’d on the vice president’s apology email to the country.”
Sure, this revelation is “pretty awkward” for Pence, said T. Becket Adams in the Washington Examiner. But it’s ridiculous to compare Pence’s case to Clinton’s. Pence never sent “top-level national security intelligence over an unauthorized home-brew server.” Nor did Pence delete 30,000 emails, hire a company to wipe his server clean, and flout federal record-keeping laws. Democrats are still desperate to prove that “there was nothing special” about Clinton’s email scan-dal, said David French in NationalReview.com. But Clinton repeatedly lied about what she’d done. She said “she didn’t send or receive any classified information on her personal email,” which the FBI disproved, and claimed that FBI Director James Comey had vouched for her truthfulness after he called her “extremely careless.” I also don’t remember hearing that Pence had aides smash his old mobile devices with a hammer.
The Trump administration’s hypocrisy on cybersecurity goes far deeper than Pence, said Paul Waldman in The Washington Post. “There are strong reasons to believe” that Trump’s team has jeopardized highly sensitive information. A few weeks ago, we learned top advisers Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, and Jared Kushner were using private email addresses and a private server operated by the Republican National Committee. It’s also been reported that Trump was still using his old, unsecured Android phone, which is unbelievably reckless for the president of the United States. Hackers could easily take over the phone’s camera and microphone and spy on the president. Where’s the outrage? Republicans should stop pretending that “the email issue was anything more than a club to bludgeon Hillary Clinton with.” ■