Pence and his own #emailgate …. trump and pence want to keep theirs from the public

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Donald Trump and Mike Pence have both acted to shield their electronic communication from the public eye.

Republicans are apoplectic over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state, accusing her of violating the public’s trust by failing to uphold accountability and transparency in government. Donald Trump even says the Democrat belongs in jail for deleting thousands of emails she sent while heading the State Department.

On Sunday, the GOP nominee accused Clinton of “willful and deliberate criminal conduct” in the wake of news that the FBI is investigating an additional batch of emails.

Yet both Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, have acted to shield their own electronic communication from the public eye.

In a deeply reported cover story published by Newsweek on Monday, Kurt Eichenwald detailed how the real estate mogul and his companies hid or destroyed thousands of documents in numerous court cases dating back to at least 1973:

Over the course of decades, Donald Trump’s companies have systematically destroyed or hidden thousands of emails, digital records and paper documents demanded in official proceedings, often in defiance of court orders. These tactics—exposed by a Newsweek review of thousands of pages of court filings, judicial orders and affidavits from an array of court cases—have enraged judges, prosecutors, opposing lawyers and the many ordinary citizens entangled in litigation with Trump. In each instance, Trump and entities he controlled also erected numerous hurdles that made lawsuits drag on for years, forcing courtroom opponents to spend huge sums of money in legal fees as they struggled—sometimes in vain—to obtain records.

Trump’s demands for transparency from his opponent also fly in the face of his campaign ― he has still not released his tax returns, a tradition followed by every major-party nominee in the last 40 years, and it does not appear he will do so before Election Day. Nor has he provided the public adequate information regarding his health and physical fitness, pertinent data for a 70-year-old candidate.

Pence has also tried to skirt Indiana open records laws. In April, his lawyers argued that an Indiana Supreme Court decision shielding state lawmakers from open records requests ought to apply to the governor as well. Kerwin Olson, executive director of the Citizens Action Coalition, called the move troubling because it “further shuts the door to accountability and transparency in government when we should be going the opposite direction.”

The comparison isn’t perfect ― Clinton operated a private email server as secretary of state that potentially could have put national security at risk. But when it comes to the issue of transparency, Trump and Pence are throwing stones from glass houses.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

on this day 5/4 1961 – Thirteen civil rights activists, dubbed “Freedom Riders,” began a bus trip through the South.

1471 – In England, the Yorkists defeated the Landcastrians at the battle of Tewkesbury in the War of the Roses.

1493 – Alexander VI divided non-Christian world between Spain and Portugal.

1626 – Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on Manhattan Island. Native Americans later sold the island (20,000 acres) for $24 in cloth and buttons.

1715 – A French manufacturer debuted the first folding umbrella.

1776 – Rhode Island declared its freedom from England two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

1814 – Napoleon Bonaparte disembarked at Portoferraio on the island of Elba in the Mediterranean.

1863 – The Battle of Chancellorsville ended when the Union Army retreated.

1886 – A bomb exploded on the fourth day of a workers’ strike in Chicago, IL. Eight people died in the violence during violence that day.

1886 – Chichester Bell and Charles S. Tainter patented the gramophone. It was the first practical phonograph.

1904 – The U.S. formally took control of the property for construction of the Panama Canal.

1905 – Belmont Park opened in suburban Long Island. It opened as the largest race track in the world.

1916 – Germany agreed to limit its submarine warfare after a demand from U.S. President Wilson.

1942 – The Battle of the Coral Sea commenced as American and Japanese carriers launched their attacks at each other.

1942 – The United States began food rationing.

1954 – The first intercollegiate court tennis match was played in the U.S. It was between Yale and Princeton.

1961 – Thirteen civil rights activists, dubbed “Freedom Riders,” began a bus trip through the South.

1964 – “Another World” premiered on NBC-TV.

1970 – The Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on students during an anti-Vietnam war protest at Kent State University. Four students were killed and nine others were wounded.

1979 – Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first woman prime minister.

1981 – The Federal Reserve Board raised its discount rate to 14%.

1987 – Live models were used for the first time in Playtex bra ads.

1987 – The First Bank of the United States was listed as a National Historic Landmark.

1994 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed a historic accord on Palestinian autonomy that granted self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.

2000 – The citizens of London elected their mayor for the first time.

2003 – Idaho Gem was born. He was the first member of the horse family to be cloned.

2010 – Pablo Picasso’s “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” sold for $106.5 million.

2012 – In Las Vegas, NV, Google received the first self-driving vehicle testing license.

100+ Days of Resistance, but who’s counting?

We are. We’re counting.
Has Trump really only been in office for 104 days? It feels so much longer than that.


The Next 100 Days

This past Saturday marked Donald Trump’s 100th day in the White House (well, when he’s not at Mar-a-Lago). It’s been a chaotic time, marked by harsh executive orders, an ever-growing list of scandals, and broken promises—none of which is exactly surprising for a man who… let’s just say has a casual relationship with consistent truth-telling. So we couldn’t let the day go by without marking all the trouble he’s caused—and what we’ve stopped him from doing and will continue to fight hard to prevent.

Some perfect examples of that fight? Saturday’s People’s Climate March, followed by yesterday’s May Day mobilizations for workers’ rights and immigrant rights. The hundreds of actions people are organizing all over the country are yet another indicator that while we may be sick and tired of the Trump administration attacking our communities, we won’t let him exhaust us into silence. Some more essential reading, to keep us focused on our next hundred days of resistance and beyond:

The Equality Act Is Back!

Today, Democrats in Congress—plus one Republican—reintroduced the Equality Act. This bill would advance LGBTQ equality and women’s equality by updating current civil rights legislation to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity while closing dangerous gaps in legal protections against sex discrimination. Having a strong federal law in this area is incredibly important, especially given many state and local governments’ reluctance to proactively affirm and protect the rights of LGBTQ people.

The Health Care Repeal Bill Is… Also Back

Yes, they really are trying this again. Despite a well-deserved defeat last month, Congressional Republicans are reviving their attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It’s unfortunate that they’re still trying to strip health care coverage from millions of Americans and lower the quality of health care for folks who remain covered. But since we’ve beaten them before, we can do it again.

  • Join the national call-in day to oppose this bill today. Call your reps at 202-224-3121 to tell them you oppose attacks on the ACA (handy script below!), then retweet this graphic to encourage your friends and networks to do the same:
    • “As your constituent, I am urging you to oppose any attacks on the Affordable Care Act, including the repeal proposal, which would take quality, affordable health coverage away from women. Enough is enough—it’s time to stop the repeal bill.” (Also, be sure share your personal health care story if you have one!)
  • Read more about why this latest version of their ACA repeal bill is even worse this time around.

Resistance Must-Reads


We the Resistance is our fight to protect our rights and freedoms and to defend the most vulnerable among us through powerful collective action. Every conversation you have with a loved one about the issues important to you, every call you make to Congress, every rally you attend is a part of that resistance. Join us—sign on to the We The Resistance manifesto.