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Thu Oct 12, 2017, 09:02 AM

Mike Pence's Private Email Account Will Remain A Secret

Source: Newsweek Magazine @ The National Memo



October 12, 2017 5:09 am

Linley Sanders
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Vice President Mike Pence's private workplace email account will remain a secret.

The former Indiana Governor used a personal AOL account during his four years in the office, but state officials are refusing to release an unknown number of emails tied to the account after giving The Associated Press heavily redacted emails requested under the Freedom of Information Act shortly after Pence was named Donald Trump’s running mate in July 2016.

Indiana officials would not say if they were persuaded by Pence's lawyer to redact the emails, The Associated Press reported. The 1,300 released messages contain little insight into the governor's mindset as he signed laws opposing gay rights, limiting refugee settlement and addressing an Indiana HIV outbreak as the state's top official.

Indiana's government employees are prohibited from using a statehouse-issued email account to conduct political business. But it is legal for officeholders to use private email accounts to conduct their political business — so long as they archive those emails with the state. But Indiana law allows "discretionary exemptions" to FOIA requests. It can also withhold records deemed “advisory” or “deliberative,” reported The Associated Press.

“It’s hard to justify withholding information after a governor leaves office,” Nate Jones of The National Security Archive at George Washington University, told The Washington Post. “It makes it look like they aren’t subscribing to good open government practices.”

It's somewhat ironic that email has become a controversy for Pence, given that throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, he criticized former-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for using a private e-mail account for official business. Of course, Pence did not work on national security issues as the governor of Indiana, nor receive classified information as Clinton did.

But Pence used the AOL account to discuss Indiana's response to terrorist attacks and conduct a host of purely political discussions, including possibly his opinion of rising GOP star, and future boss, Donald Trump.

Which makes those redacted portions — labeled "confidential and sensitive" by state officials — all the more tantalizing.

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Read more: http://www.nationalmemo.com/mike-pences-private-email-account-will-remain-secret/



Full article posted with the permission of Newsweek -- Don

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DonViejo Oct 12 OP
Tanuki Oct 12 #1
FakeNoose Oct 12 #2
dhill926 Oct 12 #3
poli-junkie Oct 12 #10
FakeNoose Oct 12 #11
crazycatlady Oct 12 #13
jmowreader Oct 12 #14
ck4829 Oct 12 #4
DK504 Oct 12 #5
mahatmakanejeeves Oct 12 #6
Marthe48 Oct 12 #7
KPN Oct 12 #8
Marthe48 Oct 12 #9
Blue_Tires Oct 12 #12

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 09:05 AM

1. I think his private e-mails regarding plans for voter suppression in his state while he

was governor would be appalling if exposed.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 09:07 AM

2. Well it's obvious

...he doesn't want "Mother" to know about his porn addiction.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 09:22 AM

3. this actually wouldn't surprise me....

then again, nothing surprises me anymore...

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 01:57 PM

10. ...or about his same sex lover.

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Response to poli-junkie (Reply #10)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 02:36 PM

11. +1

Yep! Now that you mention it, I don't think I want to know either.



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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 05:49 PM

13. or his rentboy.com account

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 06:08 PM

14. I was more under the impression Pence reproduces by budding

Here's a secretly-made video of Mike Pence adding to his family...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 09:26 AM

4. But not his emails.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 09:42 AM

5. Hey Russia! Can you hack Dence's AOL, AOL for god's sake, account.

If the Moron can throw that out to the ether then I will too. Let's see how they like it when Mommy sees what Daddy has done behind her back.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 09:43 AM

6. I expect the Indianapolis Star to have a different opinion on this.

https://www.indystar.com/

They went after USA gymnastics coaches for abuse, so they know how to dig.

Reports of sex abuse allegations rock USA Gymnastics; accused of covering up abuse

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 09:53 AM

7. We can hope

The way the courts are getting packed, free press is getting to be our only hope. I hope some whistleblowers on our side will publish the emails.

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Response to Marthe48 (Reply #7)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 10:00 AM

8. "whistleblowers on our side will publish the emails."

It's looking more and more like we may have to depend on that in order for any semblance of democracy to survive the repulsive would-be dictator in the White House. We are living in a dangerous time ... will there be enough courageous people soon enough?

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Response to KPN (Reply #8)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 11:09 AM

9. I don't know

One of my history teachers said that revolution arises from the middle class. They have the security and assets to fight for change. People living in poverty don't have the extra time or energy to start a revolution. So the rich are destroying the middle class, and keeping all of us in a pressure cooker of anxiety: jobs, health insurance, education, annihilation, mass murder, you name it. Even the middle class families who have their bases covered are too busy scrambling to keep what they have, they don't have time to get out and march.

God bless every person who finds the time, and in spite of weariness, fights for us.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 04:55 PM

12. God damn everyone involved in making e-mails

the downfall of Hillary's campaign while being 100% silent today...

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