Turns out that more White House aides used political e-mail accounts than originally reported. And that those accounts often were used to conduct official government business, which is prohibited. And that — surprise, surprise — thousands of those e-mails have been deleted and aren’t retrievable.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee determined that at least 88 White House officials had e-mail accounts with the Republican National Committee. The Bush administration had previously said that about 50 aides had such accounts, the Washington Post reported.
White House officials have said the accounts were meant to keep partisan political activities separate from official government matters. But Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said the e-mails were really about "engaging in an effort to avoid oversight and accountability by ignoring the laws meant to ensure a public record of official government business."
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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