Pence pro­vides email mes­sages

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS — Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence has turned over email mes­sages from pri­vate AOL.com ac­counts he used to con­duct of­fi­cial busi­ness while he was In­di­ana’s gov­er­nor.

The state’s pub­lic records law gen­er­ally re­quires state of­fi­cials to pre­serve and make avail­able cor­re­spon­dence or doc­u­ments re­lated to state busi­ness, with some ex­emp­tions. But Pence waited months to hand over the records — and only did so af­ter his use of the pri­vate ac­counts was widely re­ported.

At­tor­neys for the vice pres­i­dent no­ti­fied cur­rent In­di­ana Gov. Eric Hol­comb’s of­fice in July that an elec­tronic data­base con­tain­ing the email was handed over, Hol­comb spokesman Jane Jankowski said.

Hol­comb’s of­fice for months has been grap­pling with a back­log of roughly 50 pub­lic records re­quests from ac­tivists, po­lit­i­cal groups and news or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing The As­so­ci­ated Press.

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