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Jindal won't release emails from time in office

4 years 6 months 1 week ago Friday, April 10 2015 Apr 10, 2015 April 10, 2015 2:09 PM April 10, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's office has refused to release any of the Republican governor's emails from his two terms, saying the messages are either protected from disclosure under state law or personal in nature.

The Associated Press filed a public records request seeking the documents from the governor, who is considering a presidential campaign. In a response Friday, Jindal's chief lawyer, Thomas Enright, said he found "no records responsive" to the request.

Louisiana law gives the governor broad exemptions from having to disclose records, including exemptions for decision-making discussions, communication with internal staff and schedule.

Enright cited those exemptions, saying Jindal doesn't use email for official duties outside of communicating with internal staff.

Another possible GOP presidential candidate, Jeb Bush, released thousands of emails recently from his tenure as Florida's governor.

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