Category Archives: missing emails
U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has ruled that the Office of Administration doesn’t have to jump through hoops to provide either the emails or an excuse of what happened to them. From Law.com:
The functions of the Office of Administration “are strictly administrative,” Kollar-Kotelly ruled.
Kollar-Kotelly said the Office of Administration has no authority over others in the executive branch and that the office is exclusively dedicated to providing services to the Executive Office of the President.
Since its creation in 1978, the Office of Administration has responded to FOIA requests. But the Bush White House reversed that policy in August 2007 in the lawsuit filed by CREW.
Kollar-Kotelly’s decision closes off one avenue of inquiry because while CREW is appealing, time is running out, with just seven months remaining in office for the Bush administration.
But CREW still has another case in front of the courts on this issue. So all is not dead-ended yet. Don’t you just love that BushCo reversed an old policy after CREW filed it’s first case on this issue? Fuckers…
The wonderful folks at CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) has a wonderful timeline up on the website. Its a detailed accounting of the national news events that took place on the dates for which there are missing White House emails. From a Rawstory writeup on the subject of the 400+ days of missing emails:
Ironically, Cheney’s office is missing emails from the very day President Bush told reporters he’d “take care of” whatever staff member had actually leaked the CIA agent’s name. “If there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is,” Bush said Sept. 30, 2003. “And if the person has violated the law, the person will be taken care of.”
The day before, then-White House press secretary Scott McClellan had said there was “nothing, absolutely nothing” to suggest any White House involvement. “And that includes the vice president’s office, as well,” McClellan added.
Much remains to be learned about what happened to White House e-mails on 473 days for which they seem to have disappeared. A lawsuit brought by CREW and the National Security Archive and planned hearings from the House Oversight Committee are trying to find out just how much of the historical record of the Bush administration ended up in the White House recycling bin.
Cheney’s office also is missing e-mails from Oct. 4, 2003, when the Justice Department demanded that the White House turn over “all documents that relate in any way” to the leak of Plame’s identity. E-mails are also missing for the following day, during which the probe intensified and CIA director George Tenet found himself at the center of it, “caught between his loyalty to the president and defending an agency enraged” at Plame’s exposure, according to the New York Times.
Ironic indeed..Dirty, rotten bastards destroyed the evidence, you can take that to the bank.