The White House conceded on Wednesday that political advisers to President Bush may have improperly used their Republican National Committee e-mail accounts to conduct official government business, and some communications that are required to be preserved under federal law may be lost as a result.Senator Leahy, a fave of the Impolitical blog, is seeking to subpoena Scott Jennings, one of Rove's assistants now. Go Pat!
Of the 1,000 White House officials who are political appointees, 22 — including Karl Rove, the chief political strategist — have Republican National Committee accounts that are supposed to be used only for campaign-related work. But recent revelations that some officials have used those accounts for Bush administration business, including discussions of a plan to dismiss United States attorneys, has prompted a Congressional investigation.
Chairman Waxman chimes in:
Mr. Waxman issued a brief statement: “This is a remarkable admission that raises serious legal and security issues. The White House has an obligation to disclose all the information it has.”This is getting serious. A White House concealing its business and putting it out of reach of the American people by engaging covert email systems beyond official records requirements. There are legal issues, yes, and as always, the optics are terrible.