Documents Suggest Bush White House Failed to Search for Libby’s “Missing” Emails Subpoenaed in CIA Leak Probe

From Truthout:

Between late 2005 and January 2006, the Bush administration tried to recover “lost” emails from staffers who worked in the Office of the Vice President (OVP), an effort centered on a critical week – October 1 through October 6, 2003. That same week the Justice Department announced it was investigating the unauthorized leak of Valerie Plame Wilson’s covert CIA status.

But one name was missing from the list of 70 individuals whose email accounts White House technicians searched in an attempt to recover and restore missing emails: I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby.

According to documents obtained by government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), it appears that technicians in the Office of Administration did not attempt to recover from Libby’s account emails he either sent or received during the week of October 1 to October 6, 2003. That was a week when emails from the Office of the Vice President were missing for entire days in some instances and were unusually low in others.

It was also during this time that Alberto Gonzales, then White House counsel, enjoined all White House staff members to turn over emails or other documents pertaining to Plame and her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who had angered the White House by criticizing Bush’s case for invading Iraq. The directive came 12 hours after senior Bush White House officials had been told of the pending Justice Department investigation.

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  • 5by5

    LOL. Yeah, it's kinda hard to find the treasonous prick's treason, when you don't even bother to look for it.

    This is what I mean when I say, “Republicans are guilty of aggressive ignorance.”

    They're like a less charming version of Schultz, “I know NUSZINK!!”

  • honu

    wow, I'm shocked, SHOCKED! I tell you, to hear yet another example of Bush and company's complete disregard for law.

    Can someone tell me why exactly we haven't pursued investigations and legal action against these people who have done more to damage this country on multiple levels than the common criminals we're locking up on a daily basis? There's now another shadow layer to our national subconscious we'll have to sort through. I believe by not actively demonstrating to us, the people, and to the world that we are a country of laws and that no one is above the law, we have fundamentally undermined our future as a country. We as a country take part in illegal activities with the CIA and other jackals as well as corporations but that was in secret or at least mostly in secret. The Bush admin took a complete lack of respect for the law of the land above ground and flaunted it in our face. The egomania and greed was not to be denied and we the people took all of it without hardly any ramifications on their part. By the time Obama got in office the people at the top knowing they were going to get away with it were entrenched and any idealistic notions of making this country work for the common people were gone. I wonder if Obama's failings have more to do with his corruption or the corruption of the environment he has to work in. It doesn't matter, this country is done.

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