Until recently, Mike Pence was known as the governor whose hatred towards gay people burned so hot that he lost his state of Indiana millions of dollars in business in order to legalize the discrimination of the LGBT community. Now he’s known as the future vice president.
In the aftermath of the shocking election results, pundits have cited Hillary Clinton’s email “scandal” as one explanation as to why she lost. (Whether it ever truly existed is another question.) Thanks to her private email server, voters viewed her with suspicion and distrust. She appeared to be a politician with something to hide. Trump himself suggested he might throw her in jail over her emails once he became president.
Enter Mike Pence, whose lawyers have launched a battle to prevent his own inconvenient emails from ever being made public. That distant wailing you just heard was irony dying.
The [Pence] administration is fighting to conceal the contents of an email sent to Gov. Mike Pence by a political ally. That email is being sought by a prominent Democratic labor lawyer who says he wants to expose waste in the Republican administration.
But legal experts fear the stakes may be much higher than mere politics because the decision could remove a judicial branch check on executive power and limit a citizen’s right to know what the government is doing and how it spends taxpayer dollars.
The Pence administration email in question was in regards to Pence going behind the backs of the Indiana government to hire a private lawfirm to help him file a frivolous lawsuit against President Obama as a publicity stunt. The total expense of this stunt has never been made public. Democrats in the state were hoping to learn more about this government waste by analyzing Pence’s emails surrounding the decision. Instead, they hit a brick wall built by Pence’s lawyers.
In other words, Pence wants to keep his image clean by hiding anything that might implicate him in corruption. In other other words, Pence is part of the “swamp” that Donald Trump promised to drain – a politician with unscrupulous allies making shady deals behind closed doors for political gain.
The double standards regarding Clinton’s emails and those of Republicans has been stark for a long time. While she was routinely attacked for her handling of emails while working as Secretary of State, her predecessor, Colin Powell, was not held to any such standard. Nor were Republicans particularly concerned with the millions of emails from the Bush administration – and mostly from Dick Cheney – that “mysteriously” vanished. Nor were they worried about Florida Governor Rick Scott’s own private email server scandal.
Now, just days after winning thanks to a campaign that smeared Clinton for her emails, the Vice President-elect is hoping to set legal precedent that protects him from ever having to make public the emails he wrote during his shady time as governor.
And something tells me Republicans aren’t about to convene a congressional hearing to get to the bottom of it.
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