Rove/RNC Email Controversy Deepens
The Oversight Committee has been digging into the email scandal, and so far they’ve uncovered…
There has been extensive destruction of the e-mails of White House officials by the RNC. Of the 88 White House officials who received RNC e-mail accounts, the RNC has preserved no e-mails for 51 officials. […]
There is evidence that the Office of White House Counsel under Alberto Gonzales may have known that White House officials were using RNC e-mail accounts for official business, but took no action to preserve these presidential records.
The conclusions of this initial evidence?
The Presidential Records Act requires the President to ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œtake all such steps as may be necessary to assure that the activities, deliberations, decisions, and policies that reflect the performance of his constitutional, statutory, or other official or ceremonial duties are adequately documented ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ and maintained as Presidential records.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? To implement this legal requirement, the White House Counsel issued clear written policies in February 2001 instructing White House staff to use only the official White House e-mail system for official communications and to retain any official e-mails they received on a nongovernmental account.
The evidence obtained by the Committee indicates that White House officials used their RNC e-mail accounts in a manner that circumvented these requirements. At this point in the investigation, it is not possible to determine precisely how many presidential records may have been destroyed by the RNC. Given the heavy reliance by White House officials on RNC e-mail accounts, the high rank of the White House officials involved, and the large quantity of missing e-mails, the potential violation of the Presidential Records Act may be extensive.
That couldn’t be any clearer, and yet hundreds of thousands of emails were deleted. Why? We may never know.
So tell me again…why isn’t this guy fired yet?