What's Mike Pence Hiding In His Emails?

It all started with a joint lawsuit the Indiana governor filled against the U.S. government. Nate Chute/IndyStar

Mike Pence wants his communications limited from public access. Experts say this sets a "dangerous precedent."

Gov. Mike Pence(Photo: IndyStar file photo)

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Now that the presidential campaign and most of the furor over Hillary Clinton's email scandal are behind us, the Pence administration is going to court to argue for its own brand of email secrecy.

The 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.

"It comes down to this — the court is giving up its ability to check another branch of government, and that should worry people," said Gerry Lanosga, an Indiana University media professor specializing in public records law.

In the case, Indianapolis attorney William Groth is appealing a decision handed down by Marion Superior Court in April, which decided that redactions the administration made to a public record could not be second-guessed by the court.

The focal point in the case is a political “white paper” that had been excluded from Groth’s public records request.

Pence’s legal defense team claims the white paper is attorney work product protected by Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act — and at the end of the day, matters of public records are not for a court to decide.

Groth argues the lower court misapplied the law.

“I think governmental transparency is an important concern of anyone who lives in a democracy – the governor cannot put himself above the law,” Groth told the IndyStar.

How the case came about

The matter stems from a lawsuit filed after President Barack Obama announced in November 2014 that he was taking new steps to "fix America’s broken immigration system." Those steps included offering deferred enforcement of immigration laws for parents of children born in the United States, and for children who entered the United States before they were 16 years old.

The action drew the ire of Republican governors across the country, including Pence, who called the policy a "profound mistake."

Pence, joined in on a lawsuit led by Texas Gov. Greg Abbot in State of Texas, et al v. United States, with the blessing of the Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller. Zoeller's office did not respond to IndyStar requests for comment.

Pence hired Indianapolis law firm Barnes & Thornburg to join the Texas litigation. A representative from the firm — which is also representing Pence in this case — did not respond to IndyStar requests for interview.

In December 2014, Groth requested information regarding Pence's decision to hire outside counsel and the cost to Indiana taxpayers.

"I think joining the lawsuit without the attorney general and hiring that firm was a waste of taxpayer dollars and the people have the right to know how much of their money was spent,” Groth said. Groth is known in Indiana for representing the plaintiffs in the 2008 U.S. Supreme Court voter identification case, Crawford v. Marion County Election Board.

Pence produced the documents in the request “but those documents included substantial redaction,” according to court documents.

The 57-page response also included an email that Daniel Hodge, Abbott's chief of staff, sent to 30 recipients in various states asking them to join the lawsuit against Obama.

The message included an attached white paper, but the governor failed to produce the document, according to court records.

After a yearlong trial, the Superior Court held that the issue was not a matter for the courts to decide, citing a Indiana Supreme Court case decided just days before.

In a 4-1 ruling, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled in Citizens Action Coalition, et al. v. Indiana House Rep., that under

 the Indiana Constitution’s separation of powers clause the legislature's redactions were nonjusticiable, a legal term that means not for the court to decide. Groth was also the attorney representing the plaintiffs in that case.

Groth appealed in June and the Indiana Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Statehouse, where each side will be allowed 20 minutes for arguments.

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    'A dangerous legal precedent'

    Paul Jefferson, a former professor of state constitutional law at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, said the major question for the appellate court to decide is "whether they're going to extend that (Citizens Action Coalition, et al. v. Indiana House Rep.) to the executive branch as a whole."

    He said if the court rules in favor of the governor, "that would severely limit the Access to Public Records Act."

    It's a fear that even the highest levels of court have warned about.

    In the sole dissent of the Citizens Action Coalition lawsuit, Indiana Supreme Court Justice Justice Robert Rucker stated: “The majority’s ruling is not only premature, but it unfortunately weighs in on a significant separation of powers issue without an adequate record.”

    The state's public access counselor, Luke Britt, appointed by Pence in 2013, also fears what might happen if other public officials invoke the Citizens Action Coalition privilege. "After that case, a lot of local government officials were trying to claim a similar privilege — that was one of my fears."

    Jefferson said that "this will be interesting in part because it is hard to draw clean lines between what would be and what wouldn’t be if excluded from a public records request if the court is going to exempt the executive branch from public records review."

    Lanosga, the public access professor, says the outcome of the case will set a precedent on what are appropriate levels of transparency in government.

    "It shows no accountability," he said, "that an agency can say things are exempt just because and citizens have no recourse."

    Call IndyStar reporter Fatima Hussein at (317) 444-6209. Follow her on Twitter:@fatimathefatima.

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Retired General John Kelly: Trump's pick for Homeland Security | 0:33

    President-elect Trump has made his pick for the top U.S. security position: retired Marine General John Kelly. He is the third retired general and second Marine picked by Trump for top-level administration positions. USA TODAY

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Trump officially announces Pentagon pick Mattis | 2:22

    President-elect Donald Trump is officially announcing he will nominate retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to be his Defense Secretary, bringing his pick onstage in North Carolina. (Dec. 6) AP

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Former Sen. Bob Dole had a lot to do with Trump's call with Taiwan | 0:47

    Bob Dole lobbied Donald Trump's campaign in favor of improved relations with Taiwan, and he made money doing it. Newslook

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Raw: Sen. Majority leader meets Trump's CIA pick | 0:30

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell met with President-elect Donald Trump's pick for director of the Central Intelligence Agency. (Dec. 5) AP

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Ben Carson: Trump's pick for housing secretary | 1:00

    President-elect Donald Trump has nominated former GOP rival Dr. Ben Carson to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. USA TODAY NETWORK

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Al Gore had an 'extremely interesting' meeting with Donald Trump | 0:40

    Al Gore and Donald Trump had a brief meeting Monday, presumably about Trump's position on climate change. Newsy

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Trump's nominee for health secretary Price vows change | 0:45

    US President-elect Donald Trump nominated fierce Obamacare critic, Tom Price as health secretary, indicating he plans to fulfill a campaign promise to tear up the divisive healthcare reform law. Video provided by AFP Newslook

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Palin seems eager to win a spot in Trump's cabinet | 1:27

    She shared a video touting her commitment to veterans after reports surfaced that she's being considered for secretary of Veterans Affairs. Newslook

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Mnuchin: What we know about Trump's pick for Treasury | 0:52

    Steven Mnuchin, a hedge fund manager and former Goldman Sachs executive, is President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Treasury secretary, a source told USA TODAY. Here is what we know about the 53-year-old. USA TODAY NETWORK

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Wilbur Ross: A look at Trump's pick for Commerce secretary | 0:38

    Donald Trump's pick for Commerce secretary is billionaire businessman Wilbur Ross. Here is what we know about the 'King of Bankruptcy.' USA TODAY NETWORK

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Trump makes pick to head U.S. Department of Health And Human Services | 0:53

    U.S. Rep. Tom Price is an outspoken critic of Obamacare. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Trump taps Elaine Chao for Transportation Secretary position | 0:29

    The former Secretary of Labor and wife to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will be joining the Trump administration. USA TODAY

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Meet the two newest additions to the Trump team | 0:48

    Fox News analyst KT McFarland and lawyer Don McGahn are the two latest additions to Donald Trump's White House. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Kellyanne Conway publicly slams Mitt Romney as potential Secretary of | 0:48

    President-elect Donald Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway says she has personal concerns with the prospect of Mitt Romney being selected as secretary of state. Time

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Betsy DeVos: Trump's pick for Education secretary | 0:50

    Donald Trump has selected Michigan Republican, Betsy DeVos, for Secretary of Education. Here is what we know about her. USA TODAY NETWORK

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Wilbur Ross expected to be tapped for Commerce secretary | 0:40

    Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross is expected to be President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Commerce secretary, a senior transition official said. Trump met with Ross on Sunday at his New Jersey golf club. AP

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Sources: Trump taps Gov. Haley for U.N. ambassador | 0:45

    President-elect Donald Trump has selected South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as ambassador to the United Nations, and he will treat it as a cabinet-level position. That’s according to two sources familiar with Trump’s decision. (Nov. 23) AP

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Trump wants a 'cordial and productive' relationship with the media | 0:58

    Donald Trump had a few choice words for top executives and anchors from several major TV news networks. But it seems he also wanted to make peace. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Will the Trumps live in The White House? | 1:30

    Speculation has been growing over how much time Donald Trump will spend in New York City. Newslook

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Trump lays out 100 day plan in new video | 2:37

    President-elect Donald Trump shares a specific agenda for his first 100 days in office in a newly uploaded video to his transition team's Facebook page.

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Donald Trump meets harsh critic Mitt Romney at N.J. golf course | 1:01

    Trump was meeting Saturday with one of his sharpest Republican critics of the campaign, 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, at Trump’s golf club in New Jersey. Time

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Steve Bannon: A closer look at Trump's chief strategist | 1:04

    President-elect Donald Trump's chief strategist Stephen Bannon is causing a social media firestorm with his controversial commentary and projects. Let's take a closer look at some of his past positions. USA TODAY NETWORK

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Donald Trump's inauguration team | 0:23

    Here's a look at some of the major players on Donald Trump's inauguration team. USA TODAY

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Michael Flynn: Trump's pick for national security adviser | 1:31

    Michael Flynn would be an addition to Trump's cabinet that has many top Democrats on edge. USA TODAY, Collin Brennan

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION What Trump and Putin discussed over the phone | 0:28

    President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone on Monday to discuss the future of the US-Russia relationship. USA TODAY

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Justice Ginsburg: Trump will fill court vacancy | 2:25

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is acknowledging that the outcome of last week's election means that Donald Trump will fill the 9-month-old Supreme Court vacancy. Ginsburg did not otherwise comment on the presidential election Monday. (Nov. 14) AP

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Trump could be aiming for a little more diversity on his team | 1:17

    Donald Trump is reportedly considering appointing an openly gay man as U.N. ambassador and a woman as RNC chair. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Donald Trump meets with Nigel Farage | 1:44

    The UKIP leader has told his country's government that he is happy to "provide introductions" to the U.S. President-elect. Time

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Priebus Tapped as White House Chief of Staff | 0:52

    President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff and conservative media executive Stephen Bannon as his senior counselor. (Nov. 13) AP

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Donald Trump plans to deport up to 3 million immigrants | 0:42

    President-elect Donald Trump said he plans to deport about two to three million undocumented immigrants, speaking in a pre-taped interview that will air Sunday night. Time

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Trump campaign manager discusses transition | 2:12

    Without offering details, Donald Trump's presidential election campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway said Trump will build "a fabulous cabinet, filled with people who are qualified to do this job and understand very clearly what his goals are." (Nov. 12) AP

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Donald Trump says he’s willing to preserve parts of Obamacare | 0:48

    President-elect Donald Trump, who had repeatedly campaigned on a promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, said Friday that he would consider keeping certain parts of the health care law after meeting with President Obama at the White House. Time

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION US president-elect Trump holds transition meetings | 0:30

    Donald Trump shakes up his White House transition team, appointing running mate Mike Pence to head the process of filling key administration posts, and demoting New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to a deputy role. Video provided by AFP Newslook

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Mike Pence will lead Donald Trump’s transition team | 0:52

    The vice president-elect will replace Chris Christie and head Donald Trump's transition team. Time

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    CLOSETRUMP IN TRANSITION Trump seems to be backtracking on a few of his agenda items | 1:07

    Donald Trump told The Wall Street Journal he might keep some provisions of President Obama's health care law after all. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

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