There is something in Mike Pence’s email that he really doesn’t want the public to see
Vice President-elect and avowed homophobe Mike Pence is fighting really hard to not let the contents of his email be revealed to the public.
Mike Pence was the subject of an open records request from which his administration produced a heavily redacted “position paper” sent to him by Daniel Hodge, the chief of staff for the Texas Governor.
The letter came as Abbott urged states to join a lawsuit suing the Obama Administration over an executive order he made on immigration.
Indiana eventually joined alongside 16 other states.
Indianapolis lawyer William Groth submitted the open records requesting documentation to do with the lawsuit, which he says would have cost the taxpayer a substantial amount of money, as it used outside counsel.
“I think joining the lawsuit without the attorney general and hiring that firm was a waste of taxpayer dollars,” Groth tells The Indianapolis Star.
“And the people have the right to know how much of their money was spent.”
As the documents were produced, but were subject to a “substantial redaction”, and since the Marion Superior Court in April ruled that the redactions can’t be “second guessed” by a court, Groth is now appealing.
He arguest that the lower court had mis-ruled in its decision.
“I think governmental transparency is an important concern of anyone who lives in a democracy – the governor cannot put himself above the law,” Groth added.