Taking Texas And The Nation Back

Casual Lawbreaking at the White House

Posted by bosskitty on June 21, 2007

By Dan Froomkin   Special to

New evidence unearthed by House Democrats establishes that White House political adviser Karl Rove and many of his colleagues used Republican National Committee e-mail accounts for official business — even though White House policy is clear that doing so is a violation of the Presidential Records Act.

How did such casual lawbreaking come to be so widespread?  And why was it tolerated?  Those are among the questions the White House has yet to answer satisfactorily.

And as the new House Oversight Committee report points out, the White House counsel’s office — then headed by current Attorney General Alberto Gonzales — was aware of these violations of e-mail policy, but chose to do nothing about it.

Ron Hutcheson writes for McClatchy Newspapers: “Presidential adviser Karl Rove sent more than 140,000 e-mails through the Republican National Committee’s computer system, circumventing a federal law intended to guarantee the preservation of presidential records, House of Representatives investigators have concluded.

“While 88 White House aides used the back-channel system, Rove was its biggest user at the White House, and more than half of his communications dealt with official business, according to an interim report by the House Oversight Committee. . . .

We don’t have to follow NO STINKIN’ RULES! 

Enforce LAW on the OTHER GUYS, we don’t worry ’bout NO STINKIN’ LAWS!


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