Governor Holcomb ordered to turn over Carrier email exchange

Gov. Eric Holcomb

INDIANAPOLIS — A judge has ordered Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office to turn over emails among then-Gov. Mike Pence, then-President-elect Donald Trump and Carrier Corp. about Trump’s negotiations to prevent Carrier from moving most of its operations from Indianapolis to Mexico.

The order Monday gives Holcomb’s office 30 days to disclose any communications sent from Nov. 14-29, 2016, about meetings involving Pence, Trump and Carrier.

The Citizens Action Coalition sought the documents after Trump and Pence struck a deal with Carrier to keep its Indianapolis plant open for 10 years and employ 1,100 workers there.

Coalition counsel William Groth calls the court order “a resounding reaffirmation” of the goals of Indiana’s open records law.

Holcomb’s press secretary, Rachel Hoffmeyer, says the governor’s office “values transparent government and will follow the law.”

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