"The publication of Mrs. Pence's active private email address to millions of your readers has subjected her to vitriolic and malicious emails and raised serious security concerns". On Saturday, Pence tweeted a copy of the letter sent by his lawyer, accusing the AP of "violating her privacy and our security".
The emails that were obtained through the public records involved Pence's dealings with advisers on security gates at the governor's residence and Indiana's response to terror attacks, IndyStar notes.
Lauren Easton, the AP's director of media relations, indicated to the Star that Karen Pence's email address was removed from follow-up stories once they learned that she was still using that account, but would not offer a retraction. But it also issued a statement saying: "The AP stands by its story, which addresses important transparency issues".
After flatly delivering the news about the vice president's emails, Jost followed with the punchline of, "Pence said he originally chose AOL because Hotmail was forbidden by his church", with a noticeable pause between the words "hot" and "mail".
In a Weekend Update segment heavy on shots fired at the Trump Administration, Jost transitioned to Pence after talking about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' failure to disclose contacts with the Russian ambassador during his confirmation hearing.
Pence, who also roundly criticized Clinton for her email set up, insisted there was "no comparison whatsoever" between the two of them.
The emails are from government accounts as well as Pence's private email account used for government business, spokesman Marc Lotter said.
"I'm very confident we are in full compliance with all of Indiana's laws". He accused Clinton of "having a private server, misusing classified information, destroying emails when they were requested by the Congress".
On Friday, the AP reported that the Pences had used their AOL accounts to conduct official business since at least 2013. "Now we commend the Federal Bureau of Investigation in this case for following the facts because in America, no one is above the law". He called Clinton "the most dishonest" presidential candidate in decades, according to The Wall Street Journal, in part because of her use of a private server.
The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/2m4OK6j ) says the emails were delivered Thursday to be archived for public review as required under Indiana law.