This entry is cross-posted at BushSecrecy.org.
Despite its promises, the Republican National Committee (RNC) no longer will try to restore missing e-mails sent by White House officials on RNC accounts, according to Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, during a Feb. 26 hearing.
White House officials – including former presidential adviser Karl Rove – had used RNC accounts for government business, even though rules stated that they had to use official channels to conduct government business, according to the Feb. 27 Washington Post. (Administration officials have acknowledged such practices.)
The RNC had told the committee previously that it was trying to restore e-mails from 2001 to 2003, when the RNC’s policy was to purge all e-mails after 30 days.
Somehow, the RNC had a change of heart.
“The result is a potentially enormous gap in the historical record,” Waxman said, including the prelude to the Iraq war.