From the Washington Post:

WASHINGTON — When Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald wanted to find out what was going on inside Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, the prosecutor in the CIA leak probe made a logical move. He dropped a grand jury subpoena on the White House for all the relevant e-mail.

One problem: Even though White House computer technicians hunted high and low, an entire week’s worth of e-mail from Cheney’s office was missing. The week was Sept. 30, 2003, to Oct. 6, 2003, the opening days of the Justice Department’s probe into whether anyone at the White House leaked the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame.

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That episode was part of the picture that unfolded Tuesday on Capitol Hill, where Democrats on a House committee released new information about one of the Bush White House’s long-running issues, its problem-plagued e-mail system.


[Former White House computer technician Steven] McDevitt said that one estimate from a 2005 analysis was that more than 1,000 days of e-mail were missing from January 2003 to Aug. 10, 2005. McDevitt said “the process by which e-mail was being collected and retained was primitive and the risk that data would be lost was high.” The “low end” estimate was about 470 days, he added.


“We are very energized about getting to the bottom of this” issue, Theresa Payton, chief information officer at the White House Office of Administration, testified to the committee.

“This is a form of sandbagging,” replied Oversight Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., who pointed out that by the time the White House fixes its e-mail problems, “you’ll be out of office.”


A new e-mail archiving system that would have addressed the problems was “ready to go live” on Aug. 21, 2006.

Payton told Waxman’s committee she canceled the new system in late 2006 because it would have required modifications and additional spending. An alternative system is under way, she said.

Payton’s predecessor, Carlos Solari, told the House committee that he was puzzled that the new system had been rejected and that he had “absolutely” believed that the system Payton rejected would be implemented.

From CNET News:

Democrats and Republicans were warring Tuesday over reports that the White House has “lost”–or simply failed to keep–archives of e-mails belonging to the president and his advisers.

Since last spring, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has been investigating reports that an estimated 5 million messages from 473 days between 2003 and 2005 allegedly vanished from e-mail servers housed within the president’s office.


“We still know virtually nothing about the status of the alleged missing White House e-mails,” said Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.).

Allen Weinstein, archivist of the United States, said the National Archives and Records Administration had similarly gotten no response from the White House to its queries about what’s going on. “I’m concerned about maintaining the fullest possible presidential records,” he told the committee.


A separate issue under scrutiny revolves around charges that Karl Rove and some 50 other presidential advisers were using Republican National Committee accounts to conduct official business and thus subvert federal record-keeping laws. The RNC has said it had virtually no records of e-mails sent on its servers by Rove and others before November 2003, which Democrats argue is troubling because those messages may contain important official information about the president’s decision to go to war in Iraq.

Waxman said he heard from RNC officials as recently as Monday that the White House had made no effort to request backup tapes from the committee that may contain those files. He scolded White House officials for their inaction. Both Payton and her boss, White House Office of Administration director Alan Swendiman, said they wouldn’t be responsible for making such requests but would look into who is.


“Are we simply going on a fishing expedition at $40,000 to $50,000 a month?” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) asked National Archives and White House officials at the hearing. “Do any of you know of a single document, because this committee doesn’t, that should’ve been in the archives but in fact was done at the RNC?”

“I think the issue is always, were there official government public records on that system?” responded Gary Stern, general counsel to the National Archives.

The loss of documents in either case is potentially significant because federal laws, including the Presidential Records Act, requires the White House to preserve all documents related to the president and vice president’s official business and turn them over to the National Archives. Personal records, including political campaign-related materials, are expected to be filed separately and not subject to the same restrictions. The matter has already sparked a lawsuit from an advocacy group called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

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18 responses to “Oy-mail

  1. Got a Grip

    It’s just business as usual in this beyond corrupt administration. Nothing to see here, move along now.

    This kind of crap makes me so angry, I can’t contain it. AHHRRRRGGGGGghhhhhhh!!!!!!

  2. TRM

    LOL, I love this stuff, tell Waxman he is way out of his league messing with Mr. Cheney, tell him to stick to asking baseball players if they took a shot in their buttocks… LOL

    yes… try as you may, the force is strong with Cheney….. it makes me even happier to see Gotta Grip in distress….. I will sleep very well tonite πŸ™‚

  3. Got a Grip

    Yes, sleep well, TRM. Have happy dreams of your liberties and protections being stripped from you by the party you love so dearly and the evil bastard who pulls the Puppet-in-Chief’s strings. Enjoy your peaceful slumber as this country goes to hell in a hand basket. Meanwhile, I’ll be writing letters and sending emails, trying to save what is left of this country for you. No problem, that’s what friends are for….

  4. nonnie9999

    trm, this is not a game with 2 different teams. we are all in this together. keep in mind that whatever chimpy gets away with will set precedent for anyone who follows.

  5. TRM

    Yep, we’re in it together, but of course you know how I feel about any leftist ideas saving anything…

    You guys can’t even get weed legalized…….
    get it legalized and maybe, maybe, I’ll give socialist liberalism another look… πŸ™‚

  6. nightowl724

    nons, I love how you replaced the little pigs with little elephants!

    TRM, even you can’t possibly believe that “disappearing” thousands of emails is OK!

  7. TRM

    Here’s what I think is NOT ok

    Reporters, and partisan motivated hacks thinking that they have some sort of right to know what every top official is doing every second of the day. There are reasons the average idiot on the street doesn’t have access to sensitive government communications.
    With that said, what about the Clinton’s and ALGOre (asshat) completely automating the White HOuse phone bank and cloaking it in secrecy? Al Gore and Bubba sure made a mess of the White House when they left didn’t they?

    I’m telling you again. Cheney will eat these idiots for a snack…

  8. nonnie9999

    when someone has no good argument, he changes the subject. whatever clinton and gore did, what does that have to do with what chimpy has done and is continuing to do? he is breaking the law. there are 3 branches of government in this country, not just one. we have this thing called checks and balances. deal with it.

  9. nonnie9999

    i’m cranky. do you know anyone who will give me a hug, trm?

  10. nightowl724

    TRM, there are reasons that there are LAWS about knowing what our leaders are doing. These LAWS are about protecting us from our own government and tracking how our government spend our (as in YOURS and mine) hard-earned money. The LAWS have been part of the US system from the beginning. Despite what some people think, even Bush, Cheney, Rove, etc. should not be above the LAWS! Of course, I mean that in the nicest way… πŸ˜‰

    nonnie… {{{HUGS}}}

  11. nonnie9999

    thanks, nightowl. i needed that.

  12. nightowl724

    I could tell! You’re welcome!

  13. TRM

    Of course you get a hug…..

  14. TRM

    Of course you get a hug…..

  15. nonnie9999

    does this mean i get 2 hugs, trm? or are you just having typing-finger spasms?

  16. nightowl724


  17. News flash: 22 million Emails found this week. Won’t be available for FIVE years.