A judge in Indiana has ordered the governor’s office to release emails between Vice President Mike Pence and then-President elect Donald Trump. These emails give details regarding a deal with the Carrier Corporation.
Marion County Judge Heather Welch gave Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb ® 30 days to deliver the documents, siding with Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana, which first requested the emails in December 2016, according to USA Today. Holcomb replaced Pence as governor when he became the Vice President.
The Citizens Action Coalition has said they want the emails in the name of transparency.
Trump frequently singled Carrier out during his presidential campaign over plans to cut 2,100 jobs in Indiana and move them to Mexico. He later worked with Pence to formulate a deal with Carrier that allowed half of those jobs to stay in Indiana in exchange for $7 million in tax incentives and training grants. Carrier apparently agreed to stay in Indiana for at least a decade. They also agreed to invest millions in upgrades and automation, but 600 workers in its Indianapolis factory still lost their jobs, USA Today noted.
Carrier’s parent company said in a news release that 1,100 workers remained in the plant, but union officials said in May that the number of workers remaining is closer to 700, according to USA Today.
The ruling reaffirms that “government is the servant of the people, not vice versa, and that all Hoosiers are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of their state government,” Kerwin Olson, executive director of Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana said in a statement obtained by USA Today.
Holcomb’s office told USA Today it intends to comply with the order.
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