Missing Bush Emails Raise ‘Strong Possibility’ Plamegate Prosecutor Didn’t Receive Documents

December 15, 2009

(ChattahBox)—On Monday, it was announced that White House computer technicians had recovered about 22 million emails from the Bush administration that Bush officials claimed were lost. A good portion of the missing emails were actually “mislabeled and effectively lost,” according to the National Security Archive, one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit to recover the official emails. The recovered emails cover the period of 2003 through 2005, which is the time frame when the Valerie Plame scandal occurred, as well as the invasion of Iraq and the illegal firing of Department of Justice attorneys.

Although, the content of the emails will not be made available for years, their recovery certainly raises the question of whether special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald received all of the documents he requested in the Valerie Plame investigation. And if not, do some of the emails contain “smoking gun” evidence that could lead right to Karl Rove and former vice President Dick Cheney? It’s certainly an interesting question.

As part of a settlement with the Obama administration that inherited the suit filed during the Bush years, computer technicians searched and found a great number of the missing emails. The settlement in the case filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archive, will also uncover an additional 94 days of email correspondence from backup tapes during the period between January 2003 to April 2005.

Melanie Sloan, executive director of the liberal watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said that the Bush White House knew of the problems with email record keeping, since 2005. “They never made an effort to restore them,” said Sloane.

The recovered emails will be sent to the National Archives, to determine which documents would be available under the Freedom of Information Act, and which ones would be sealed under the Presidential Records Act, for a period of five to 10 years.

The Valerie Plame outing scandal resulted in the prosecution of White House aide “Scooter” Libby on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to federal agents. Sloane said that missing emails raise the “strong possibility” that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald never received all of the documents and email correspondence he requested during the Plame leak investigation.

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5 Responses to “Missing Bush Emails Raise ‘Strong Possibility’ Plamegate Prosecutor Didn’t Receive Documents”

  1. Kevin Kinion on December 15th, 2009 12:13 pm

    “as well as the invasion of Iraq and the illegal firing of Department of Justice attorneys.”

    Actually, the department of Justice attorneys serve at the pleasure of the President. The firings were completely legal.

  2. Ted on December 15th, 2009 1:38 pm

    The firing of the Justice Department attorneys was NOT illegal.

  3. Jon on December 15th, 2009 2:45 pm

    One is left to wonder if the missing emails were simply lost because they were mislabeled or if the back-ups escaped deletion because they were mislabeled and lost.

  4. Thebob.bob on December 15th, 2009 3:08 pm

    “the illegal firing of Department of Justice attorneys.”

    If the firings were part of an effort to politicize the Justice Department, and were based on religious beliefs and political loyalty, they were illegal.

    I would be very nervous if I were Rove or Cheney. They better book those flights to the Bush Ranch in Paraguay. No extradition from there.

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