Washington–While serving as the governor of Indiana, now Vice President, Mike Pence used a personal email to conduct state affairs which may have contained classified information, but this situation is not the same as Hillary’s, but similar.
Mike Pence is the current Vice President of the United States of America, but before he was that, he was the 50th governor of Indiana and, before that, a House Representative for Indiana. On July 15, 2016, then president-elect, Donald Trump chose Pence as his running mate for the 2016 election. Their opponent was former First Lady, Hillary Clinton, and her running mate, Tim Kaine.
The Trump campaign had major points such as opposition to gun free spaces and abortion, and the building of a wall on the border of the United States and Mexico. Another point they had against the opposition was Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Hillary Clinton was accused of using a personal email server for official business of the country. It is required for government officials to use a government email server to conduct official business. At the time of the use of the personal email server, she was the Secretary of State. Other Secretaries of State has used a personal email while in office. Colin Powell used one and Hillary’s successor, John Kerry, used his, but only when a person sent it to him on his personal account. (USA Today, 2016)
During the campaigns of both candidates, Hillary was investigated by the FBI. Mike Pence was heavily involved in getting the FBI to investigate her. On October 28, 2016, Mike Pence quoted the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, at a campaign event stating that they should “Give the people the facts…” and following that statement he said, “We call on the FBI to immediately release all the emails pertinent to the reopened investigation!” On the same day, he tweeted several things about Hillary and her private email server.
It is now come to the light that Mike Pence was also using a personal email server while serving as the governor of Indiana. These emails contained information that was “too sensitive to be released to the public” (Washington Post, 3-3-17) and the account was hacked. While similar issues, these two controversies with important public figures are not exactly the same.
In Indiana law, it is legal for a government official to use a personal email to deal with government business and Pence recorded these emails accurately when Clinton did not and withheld many. However, both Pence and Clinton may have had classified information in these emails, but it is not for sure.
People may be starting to mistrust these political figures more and more. Sarah Dobkins, a history and government teacher at Liberty Charter High School has said, “We are starting to enter a time period where we may be returning to the ’60’s and ’70’s, about when Watergate and the Pentagon Papers were released, where people mistrusted the political officials and we might be starting to return now, especially if their actions can jeopardize our national security.”
With our public figures betraying our trust on both sides of the political party coin, people are becoming less trusting or ignorant in trying to defend their party and even though these situations are definitely different, there are some similarities that are worrying. People are becoming mistrustful of government officials because of this, which could be detrimental to the government.