Chairman Waxman Asks Government Agencies to Preserve E-mails from RNC Accounts

Waxman Asks Government Agencies to Preserve E-mails from RNC Accounts
April 12, 2007

Following briefings from the White House and Republican National Committee that revealed an extensive volume of e-mails regarding official government business may have been destroyed by the RNC, Chairman Waxman directs government agencies to preserve e-mails received from or sent to non-governmental e-mail accounts used by White House staffers. The Committee also requests that government agencies provide an inventory of all e-mails involving these accounts.

The briefing received by the Committee raises serious concerns about the White House compliance with the Presidential Records Act, which requires that the President “take 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 and that such records are maintained as Presidential records.”

See the links to the letters to various administration officials, including Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; Secretary of of State, Condaleeza Rice; Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, and GSA Administrator, Lurita Doan, here.

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One Response to Chairman Waxman Asks Government Agencies to Preserve E-mails from RNC Accounts

  1. Maarja Krusten says:

    As I’ve noted previously, the National Archives (which administers the Presidential Libraries), does not speak for itself in court. As is the case with all executive branch agencies and departments, it is represented in litigation by attorneys working for DOJ.

    Daniel Metcalfe, the former director of the Office of Information and Privacy at the Department of Justice, was interviewed recently for the Legal Times. See
    http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1176455062969
    It’s a long interview but well worth reading in full, not just the section dealing with FOIA, access to records, and secrecy.

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