Pence turned over all state-related emails from personal accounts: report

Pence turned over all state-related emails from personal accounts: report
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Vice President Pence has turned over all his emails related to Indiana state business from a personal AOL account, the Indianapolis Star reported Friday.

Karoline Jackson, an attorney for Pence, said “a complete electronic production of state records" from the vice president's time as Indiana governor have been handed over to the state.

The last of the emails has been delivered to the state as of June 23, according to the Star.

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Now, the state says it can begin to fulfill a slew of public records requests related to Pence's emails, which are from two AOL accounts he used during his tenure as governor. 

"Our office is now in the process of reviewing the records, and we anticipate being in a position to provide copies of records that are responsive to pending (public record) requests soon," Stephanie Wilson, a spokeswoman for current Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R), told the Star.

Some of those requests are more than a year old and pertain to Pence's time as governor. They include topics like Pence's interactions with then-candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpOn North Korea, give Trump some credit Exclusive: Bannon says Rosenstein could be fired 'very shortly' GOP dissidents on cusp of forcing immigration votes MORE, an HIV outbreak in an Indiana county and the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Pence had previously disclosed some of the emails. But those records were turned over in paper form, making it difficult to search for specific pieces of information.

It isn't clear how many of the emails will actually be made available to the public, because Indiana's public record laws carve out exemptions for communications that are protected by attorney-client privilege or are deliberative in nature.

The Star reported in March that Pence had used the private email account to conduct state business during his tenure as governor. Some of those communications were centered on sensitive topics and homeland security matters.

That same account was hacked last summer, though the breach is not believed to be part of a targeted effort against Pence.