Skip to comments.Aides to Bush told not to destroy e-mails
Posted on 03/26/2007 7:53:03 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
The Republican National Committee and chairman of George W. Bushs 2004 campaign have been ordered to preserve all e-mails related to White House business because they might be relevant to multiple congressional investigations.
Henry Waxman, Democratic chairman of the House oversight committee, said in letters to the RNC and the former head of the 2004 Bush/Cheney campaign that congressional investigations revealed that White House officials had used non-governmental e-mail accounts controlled by the RNC and the 2004 campaign for business.
In some cases uncovered in the probe involving Jack Abramoff, the Republican lobbyist jailed for corruption, White House officials used the accounts to avoid creating a record of communication.
In one instance, Mr Abramoff, who is serving a 70-month sentence on corruption charges, sent an e-mail to Susan Ralston, executive assistant to Karl Rove, the presidents chief political strategist, on her RNC account about a gaming-related decision by the department of the interior.
When the e-mail was forwarded to another official in the White House e-mail system, Mr Abramoff was warned by an associate who said the official said it is better not to put this stuff in writing in their e-mail system because it might actually limit what they can do to help us.
Mr Abramoff responded: Dammit. It was sent to Susan on her RNC pager and was not supposed to go into the WH system.
We are reviewing it and taking appropriate action, the RNC said yesterday.
In another instance, the congressional investigation into the firing of eight US attorneys has also revealed an e-mail exchange in which J. Scott Jennings, the special assistant to the president and deputy director of public affairs, used an RNC e-mail account to communicate with Kyle Sampson, the former chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales who is due to testify about the firing on Thursday.
Bruce Fein, a legal scholar, said Mr Waxman was putting the RNC on notice and that any future destruction of e-mails could bring an obstruction charge.
The RNC said: We are reviewing it and taking appropriate action.
Separately, an aide to Mr Gonzales on Monday invoked her constitutional right against self-incrimination and refused to testify before a Senate panel investigating the firing of eight prosecutors.
Monica Goodling, who was involved in the firings, said: I have decided to follow my lawyers advice and respectfully invoke my constitutional right because the ...circumstances present a perilous environment in which to testify.
Anyone that has anything to do with the Bush Administration that DIDN'T destroy any and all e-mails and other communications, after the election...when Waxman announced his intentions to get enough dirt to impeach Bush..
Hey NoseHead, DELETE!
Waxman can't order anybody to do jack sh*t
This is called a "Fishing Expedition". The Commies can't even specify what the emails are relevant to because they do not know, nor do they know if there are any violations of law. Political BS.
This is the same ploys that the RATS used during the Nixon Admin. Damn their dirty hides! The RATS will tie up the Admin to ensure they get their candidate in the WH. When are the Repubs going to go on the offensive, the wienees.
Good for Monica. Waxman needs to get back to the business of chasing parked cars.
Screw little sh-- Waxman and his cohorts.
Waxfong, you rat-faced POS, why don't you focus upon cleaning up the cesspool that is the Democratic Party? Your party has the near-monopoly on corrupt scumbags fleecing the public...... start with Byrd-brain and go from there.
Let's see if the RNC and Bush 2004 Campaign have even the smallest amount of testosterone left to tell Waxman, "Kiss it!" Then they should subpeona all of Nostril Ned's emails and find out which anti-American government Nostril Ned is working for.
This clearly insane Dem party is absolutely obsessed with Karl Rove and they won't rest, EVER, until he's been solved.
Have we had enough?
Control alt delete
They can't get you for anything. Delete now, dont take a chance on the show trials Waxman has planned. He is coming for EVERYBODY.
Gee! Remember the most under reported clinton/gore crime? memogate!
How quickly we forget. Thanks!
Waxman needs to team up with O.J., and Howard Stern, to find the real criminals.
Of course, President Bush is a very serious moral man, working overtime to keep Americans safe from the terrorist scum and the democrats are driven by nothing other than rabid senseless hate mongering and Bush bashing.
Too bad the democrats do not have one ounce of hate toward America's enemy and less hate directed toward our President.
The democrat leadership are time wasting fiddle faddlers and vilely useless money spending occupants of meaningless Congressional investigations and chairmanships.
Absent a subpoena, the GOP should pay as much attention to Waxman as I do. Which is NONE.
E-Mails? What E-Mails? We don got no steenkin' E-Mails.
I guess they could always be put in a WH closet and forgotten about.
As I recall, the Clinton White House said that they could not reproduce subpoenaed email correspondence because of computer problems. I don't think Clinton ever turned over their emails for scrutiny.