Indiana to pay law firm $100k to handle records requests for Pence’s AOL emails

Indiana is paying a law firm $100,000 to help deal with a backlog of public records requests, most of which seek emails from Vice President Mike Pence’s tenure as governor, including correspondence routed through a private account he used to conduct state business.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s administration entered a one-year contract last month with Shelbyville firm McNeely Stephenson to handle the “unusually high” number of requests, records show.

More than 50 such requests are pending before Holcomb, who was Pence’s hand-picked replacement on the ballot after Donald Trump selected Pence to be his running mate last July.

The vast majority seek correspondence Pence had with staffers and political groups, including emails that were routed through his private account, according to documents previously obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.

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