Taking Texas And The Nation Back

White House Withheld E-Mails

Posted by nytexan on May 10, 2007

National JournalThe Bush administration has withheld a series of e-mails from Congress showing that senior White House and Justice Department officials worked together to conceal the role of Karl Rove in installing Timothy Griffin, a protégé of Rove’s, as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

The withheld records show that D. Kyle Sampson, who was then-chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, consulted with White House officials in drafting two letters to Congress that appear to have misrepresented the circumstances of Griffin’s appointment as U.S. attorney and of Rove’s role in supporting Griffin.


How can Gonzales continually say, even in today’s hearing, that he didn’t believe the White House or staff was involved? If this is true than Gonzales should resign for not knowing what in the hell is going on in his own department.

Several of the e-mails that the Bush administration is withholding from Congress, as well as papers from the White House counsel’s office describing other withheld documents, were made available to National Journal by a senior executive branch official, who said that the administration has inappropriately kept many of them from Congress.

The senior official said that Gonzales, in preparing for testimony before Congress, has personally reviewed the withheld records and has a responsibility to make public any information he has about efforts by his former chief of staff, other department aides, and White House officials to conceal Rove’s role.

It appears that Gonzales has once again misled Congress to protect the White House instead of upholding the oath he took.


2 Responses to “White House Withheld E-Mails”

  1. I’m not a lawyer but, isn’t this an impeachable offense?

    Nancy? Harry? Steny? Anyone home???

  2. nytexan said

    Yes it is impeachable and definitely a crime of obstruction.

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