Countless White House E-Mails Deleted
By Dan Froomkin
Special to washingtonpost.com
Thursday, April 12, 2007; 11:24 AM
Countless e-mails to and from many key White House staffers have been deleted — lost to history and placed out of reach of congressional subpoenas — due to a brazen violation of internal White House policy that was allowed to continue for more than six years, the White House acknowledged yesterday.
The leading culprit appears to be President Bush’s enormously influential political adviser Karl Rove, who reportedly used his Republican National Committee-provided Blackberry and e-mail accounts for most of his electronic communication.
Until 2004, all e-mail on RNC accounts was routinely deleted after 30 days. Since 2004, White House staffers using those accounts have been able to save their e-mail indefinitely — but have also been able to delete whatever they felt like deleting. By comparison, the White House e-mail system preserves absolutely everything forever, in accordance with the Presidential Records Act.
In a story first reported by Truthout last year, in a federal court document
filed in January 2006 in US District Court in Washington, DC, Special
Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald revealed that his investigative team “learned
that not all email of the Office of the Vice President and the Executive
Office of the President for certain time periods in 2003 was preserved
through the normal archiving process on the White House computer system.”
That document was filed during the discovery phase of the perjury and
obstruction of justice trial against former vice presidential staffer I.
Lewis “Scooter” Libby.
Investigators Eye Broader White House Email Trail
By Jason Leopold
t r u t h o u t | Report
Thursday 05 April 2007
Last week, Justice Department documents turned over to a Congressional
committee investigating circumstances behind the selective firing of seven
US attorneys revealed that some Bush administration officials have primarily
used email accounts maintained by the Republican National Committee to
conduct official White House business. This appears to be a violation of the
Presidential Records Act.
The revelation that White House staffers used outside email accounts to
conduct administration business comes on the heels of a report in the
National Journal alleging that Karl Rove uses an RNC email address to
conduct a majority of his duties as White House political adviser.
Now Congressional investigators are taking a second look at public
corruption cases it closed the books on. They’ll try to determine if current
and former White House officials were more deeply involved in scandals than
previously known, and if so, whether administration officials used outside
email accounts to cover up their involvement in cronyism or other