Report: Mike Pence Goes To Court To Block His Emails From Being Released To Public
In the aftermath of the shocking election results, pundits have cited Hillary Clinton’s email “scandal” as one explanation as to why she lost. Thanks to the media obsession with 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.
Now, in the most ironic turn of event, with the presidential campaign and most of the furor over Hillary Clinton’s email scandal behind us, Vice-president-elect Mike Pence wants his emails blocked from public access, several news outlets reported.
Yup. Mike Pence’s lawyers have launched a battle to prevent his own inconvenient emails from ever being made public. In other words, Pence wants to keep his image clean by hiding anything that might implicate him in corruption. Experts say this sets a “dangerous precedent.”
“The Pence administration is fighting to conceal the contents of emails sent to Gov. Mike Pence by a political ally. That emails are 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.”
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.
It’s ironic that just days after winning thanks to a campaign that smeared Clinton for her emails, the Vice President-elect is hoping to set a legal precedent that protects him from ever having to make public the emails he wrote during his shady time as governor.
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 have 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 concerning the Iraq war that “mysteriously” vanished. Nor were they worried about Florida Governor Rick Scott’s own private email server scandal.
And something tells me Republicans aren’t about to convene a congressional hearing to get to the bottom of it.
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