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AOL emails among records Gov. Pence kept private

Vice President Mike Pence arrives at the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, to be ready to cast the tie-breaking vote for Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos, . (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Vice President Mike Pence arrives at the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, to be ready to cast the tie-breaking vote for Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos, . (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence repeatedly stonewalled media requests to view public records when he was Indiana's governor.

The latest case involves his use of a private AOL email account to conduct state business, which was first reported Thursday by the Indianapolis Star. The Associated Press has also tried to obtain his AOL emails after filing a public records request in July.

Pence's account was hacked last year. On the campaign trail Pence repeatedly attacked Democrat Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

The Republican was elected governor in 2013. During that time his administration has repeatedly delayed or denied the release of records that could shed light on his tenure.

Pence's efforts stand in stark contrast to the image he had previously sought to cultivate. He has long presented himself as a champion of a free press and the First Amendment.


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