Taking Texas And The Nation Back

RNC Destroyed Official Email Records

Posted by nytexan on June 20, 2007

So did the RNC and the White House think Waxman would give up and their worries would be over. Not. Waxman is a focused pit bull.

From the DNC:

A new report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform finds that the White House likely violated the Presidential Records Act by using Republican National Committee (RNC) email accounts. Karl Rove alone sent or received 140,216 emails through his RNC account.

But that’s not all. There is also evidence that the RNC has systematically destroyed many email records, including all email records for 51 White House officials.

The Presidential Records Act requires the office of the President to preserve records related to official White House work.

The Oversight Committee found:

The number of White House officials given RNC email accounts is higher than previously disclosed. In March 2007, White House spokesperson Dana Perino said that only a “handful of officials” had RNC email accounts. In later statements, her estimate rose to “50 over the course of the administration.” In fact, the Committee has learned from the RNC that at least 88 White House officials had RNC email accounts.White House officials made extensive use of their RNC email accounts. The RNC has preserved 140,216 emails sent or received by Karl Rove. Over half of these emails (75,374) were sent to or received from individuals using official “.gov” email accounts. Other heavy users of RNC email accounts include former White House Director of Political Affairs Sara Taylor (66,018 emails) and Deputy Director of Political Affairs Scott Jennings (35,198 emails). These email accounts were used by White House officials for official purposes, such as communicating with federal agencies about federal appointments and policies.

There has been extensive destruction of the emails of White House officials by the RNC. Of the 88 White House officials who received RNC email accounts, the RNC has preserved no emails for 51 officials…In addition, there are major gaps in the email records of the 37 White House officials for whom the RNC did preserve emails. The RNC has preserved only 130 emails sent to Mr. Rove during President Bush’s first term and no emails sent by Mr. Rove prior to November 2003.

There is evidence that the Office of White House Counsel under Alberto Gonzales may have known that White House officials were using RNC email accounts for official business, but took no action to preserve these presidential records. In her deposition, Ms. Ralston testified that she searched Mr. Rove’s RNC email account in response to an Enron-related investigation in 2001 and the investigation of Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald later in the Administration. According to Ms. Ralston, the White House Counsel’s office knew about these emails because “all of the documents we collected were then turned over to the White House Counsel’s office.” There is no evidence, however, that White House Counsel Gonzales initiated any action to ensure the preservation of the email records that were destroyed by the RNC.

Read the report from the Oversight Committee and see the full list of White House officials with RNC accounts here.


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