Obama Admin. Settles Lawsuit Over Missing Bush Admin. E-Mails

CREW announced the settlement today of its long-standing lawsuit over years of missing e-mails of the Bush Administration. The settlement agreement is here (pdf.)

Documents produced so far show the Bush White House was lying when officials claimed no emails were ever missing. The record now proves incontrovertibly that Bush administration officials deliberately ignored the problem and, in fact, knowingly allowed it to worsen. Some questions remain unanswered.

The AP reports 22 million e-mails have been recovered so far. [More...]

Crew asks:

Did the Bush White House properly respond to requests for records from the Department of Justice and Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald during the investigation into the leak of Valerie Plame Wilson’s covert CIA identity?

CREW is posting the documents online.

To date, the Obama White House has produced thousands of pages of documents relating to these issues, all of which CREW has posted on www.governmentdocs.org.

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    Let's be fair (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Steve M on Mon Dec 14, 2009 at 05:29:03 PM EST
    Which of us can honestly say that we have never in our lives misplaced 22 million emails?

    One missing email: (none / 0) (#2)
    by KeysDan on Mon Dec 14, 2009 at 05:43:48 PM EST
    Dick, remind me to pardon Scooter when the heat is off.  Love, W.

    22 million (none / 0) (#3)
    by jharp on Mon Dec 14, 2009 at 06:18:14 PM EST
    So how long does it take to go through 22 million e mails?

    NSA software (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by caseyOR on Mon Dec 14, 2009 at 06:51:16 PM EST
    Surely the NSA has the capability of zipping through multiple millions of emails and filtering out all the "let's do lunch" and "cute cat video" messages from the ones that relate to the relevant topics.

    Think the NSA will share? If we ask nicely?


    Another empty bubble? (none / 0) (#5)
    by Gerald USN Ret on Tue Dec 15, 2009 at 12:48:45 AM EST
    "proves incontrovertibly" is in the mind of that particular speaker (CREW)

    22 million was recovered during the Bush Administration.

    More, maybe up to a total of maybe 33 million, may be recovered before the 11 Million USD designated for this task is exhausted.

    Some emails will not be available for 4 years but I am not sure when that clock started.  Maybe it is only 3 years now.

    Some will never be revealed due to standard (not FOIA covered) rules including real privilege.

    And when all the emails that are available are digested, will we then face another "empty bubble" like the wildly anticipated Rove deposition by the House and the release of the FBI interviews of Cheney.

    Just a little "plop" and the bubble is gone!

    RNC emails (none / 0) (#6)
    by Carolyn in Baltimore on Tue Dec 15, 2009 at 07:39:30 AM EST
    Still missing also: all the fascinating 'RNC' emails where Rove et al did most of their business.