Re Fwd Executive Privilege (TTYL)

October 23, 2007 | | Comments Off on Re Fwd Executive Privilege (TTYL)

Remember the blog post from June where we raised the question: Is Rove the most prolific emailer of all time? Well, we might finally get our reply.

Though the Bush administration has asserted executive privilege over the emails from aides and officials, U.S. magistrate judge urged a federal judge last week to order the White House to preserve the documents in question. Judge John M. Facciola said that the order must be made to ensure that the White House does not destroy the backup tapes of the emails.

The order was issued as part of lawsuit that the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed against the White House stemming from the withholding of emails sent between March 2003 and October 2005. The emails had been requested through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The White House has 10 days to file an objection before U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. can issue the official order.

Until the email archives are released, the American public won’t know how decisions, such as the U.S. Attorneys firings, were made. My guess, and we won’t know for sure unless the FOIA request is fulfilled, is that the text of an email forwarded contained the following:

This email chain letter has been in existence since Grover Cleveland was president (the first time!). This is how it works. Forward immediately to your 7 favorite Department of Justice officials in the next 7 minutes or else you’ll get fired and your crush (e.g. Dana Perino) won’t kiss you.

Learning the truth would be nice.

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