Appeals Court Rules No Disclosure of Bush White House E-Mails

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled the White House does not have to turn over millions of e-mail records from the Bush Administration. Its reasoning:

The White House Office of Administration is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

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    Another good reason (5.00 / 3) (#7)
    by KeysDan on Tue May 19, 2009 at 11:17:54 AM EST
    to keep impeachment on the table when the Executive in office is considered to have committed high crimes and misdemeanors.  The impeachment investigation would have claim on such materials.  

    Does this ruling cover (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by joanneleon on Tue May 19, 2009 at 12:02:51 PM EST
    the external email servers that Rove and Co. were using or just the official internal WH system emails?

    I also wonder if memos are treated the same way as (official) emails, because that's what they really are most similar to.  Though I suppose you could say they are more like phone calls.  I still think they are most like memos.

    Hellooo! (5.00 / 2) (#10)
    by NYShooter on Tue May 19, 2009 at 12:24:14 PM EST
    When Nancy Pelosi sang "Impeachment is off the Table" while, for the first time,  being shown where the Speaker's private lavatory was, that wasn't a "dog whistle." that was more like a four alarm siren, screaming "we're all in this together, nothing to see here, look! there's a shiny new penny!!"

    when was ... (none / 0) (#1)
    by wystler on Tue May 19, 2009 at 11:00:32 AM EST
    ... this case argued? Ms. Pickler seems to suggest that it was before DC changed.

    They don't "have to" (none / 0) (#2)
    by Fabian on Tue May 19, 2009 at 11:03:12 AM EST
    but they could do it voluntarily.

    LOL! I love a good joke! (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by oldpro on Tue May 19, 2009 at 11:07:04 AM EST
    Gotta have Hope, y'know? (none / 0) (#5)
    by Fabian on Tue May 19, 2009 at 11:14:07 AM EST
    I mean, what does the Obama administration have to lose?  They sift carefully through the emails, cherry pick the ones that make the Bush Admin to be callous, corrupt and self serving and release them.

    They have to lose (none / 0) (#6)
    by Wile ECoyote on Tue May 19, 2009 at 11:16:10 AM EST
    the same thing happening to them when the worm turns.  

    B-b-but they are DIFFERENT! (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Fabian on Tue May 19, 2009 at 12:45:24 PM EST

    When the worm turns (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by gyrfalcon on Tue May 19, 2009 at 04:11:30 PM EST
    they will do it to them anyway, whether or not Obama does it now.

    Are you really so inattentive as to imagine the GOP follows some sort of fairness doctrine on this stuff?


    Guess we'll just have to wait (none / 0) (#4)
    by oldpro on Tue May 19, 2009 at 11:08:59 AM EST
    for the tell-all books by White House staff.

    My local bookstore (5.00 / 6) (#8)
    by Spamlet on Tue May 19, 2009 at 11:40:28 AM EST
    has a section labeled "Books by Disgruntled Former Members of the Bush Administration."

    Talk about easy promotion! (none / 0) (#13)
    by oldpro on Tue May 19, 2009 at 07:11:13 PM EST