Given what a persistent source of trouble Hillary Clinton's email scandal was during the 2016 presidential campaign, the last thing she probably envisioned was that she'd later find herself reading about her winning opponent's own Emailgate. But that's exactly what happened on Friday, when Clinton was photographed reading headlines on Mike Pence's email controversy. In the photo, the former secretary of state is seen sitting in the window seat of an airplane with her cell phone in hand, newspapers strewn across her lap, her gaze fixed on a USA Today header reading "Pence used personal email in office."
News of Vice President Pence's email transgressions came to light on Thursday when the Indianapolis Star obtained a number of his emails during his time as governor of Indiana. According to the report, Pence used a personal AOL account to communicate with his top advisors, and on occasion FBI agents, about sensitive subjects regarding security and the state's response to terrorist attacks.
And the problems don't stop there — the account was apparently hacked on at least one occasion, according to the report.
Pence criticized Clinton numerous times as President Trump's running mate during the campaign. “What’s evident from all of the revelations over the last several weeks is that Hillary Clinton operated in such a way to keep her emails, and particularly her interactions while Secretary of State with the Clinton Foundation, out of the public reach, out of public accountability,” he said in September.
Concerns about Clinton's private server and email use broke in March 2015, just a few weeks prior to her announcement declaring her plans to run for president. Clinton's proponents suggested the controversy was a "non-issue" being exaggerated for the purpose of damaging her candidacy. Other legislators, including Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio, and Gov. Chris Christie all used private emails or private email accounts — in Bush's case a private email server as well — to conduct business during their time in government.
On Friday, Pence told reporters that there is "no comparison" between his use of a private email account and Clinton's use of a private 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,” he said.
One has to wonder how Clinton is reacting to the news. Perhaps she is wondering if Pence will receive the same treatment she did.