Why is VEEP Elect Mike Pence Trying to Hide His Emails From Court?
Vice President elect Mike Pence is facing an ironic twist as he prepares to take on his new role as Donald Trump’s number two after January 20th of 2017.
In the meantime, Pence has focused on suppressing his emails from being entered in as evidence in an on-going court battle the Indiana governor has kept on the hush-hush.
Later this month, the Indiana Court of Appeals will begin deliberations on whether or not the vice president elect should release redacted portions of email communications between the former governor, Texas governor Greg Abbott, and Daniel Hodge, Pence’s chief of staff.
Pence’s emails include information on his choice to employ outside counsel during a legal battle GOP governors filed against President Obama in 2014 as a response to an executive order on immigration.
The allegation by labor lawyer William Groth, who requested the court force Pence to release these documents and emails, said that this outside legal counsel was a “waste of taxpayer dollars”.
He added: “I think joining the lawsuit without the attorney general and hiring that firm was a waste of taxpayer dollars and the people have the right to know how much of their money was spent.”
Groth received a document dump 57 pages deep with “substantial redaction” from Pence. That exchange did not include a political “white paper” that was integral to the case and requested through legal discovery.
Pence’s administrative team personally oversaw the redaction of the 57 pages of documents, claiming privilege and therefore exempting the information from being overturned per Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA).
Gerry Lanosga, professor of media at the University of Indiana, explained that this case highlights a flaw in Indiana’s executive branch of power, particularly how it is applied through the judicial branch.
Lanosga said: “It comes down to this — the court is giving up its ability to check another branch of government, and that should worry people.”
The hypocrisy Pence is displaying speaks volumes and harkens to his comments made about Trump’s political opponent, Hillary Clinton, regarding her use of a private server.