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Flashback: Karl Rove Erases 22 Million White House Emails On Private Server At Height Of U.S. Attorney Scandal – Media Yawns (DETAILS)

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Eventually, the Bush White House admitted it had lost 22 million emails, not 5 million. Then, in December 2009—well into Barack Obama’s administration—the White House said it found 22 million emails, dated between 2003 and 2005, that it claimed had been mislabeled. That cache was given to the National Archives, and it and other plaintiffs agreed, on December 14, 2009, to settle their lawsuit. But the emails have not yet been made available to the public.

The Senate Judiciary Committee was operating on a different track but having no more luck. In a bipartisan vote in 2008, the committee found White House aides Karl Rove and Joshua Bolten in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with subpoenas in the investigation of the fired U.S. attorneys. The penalties for contempt are fines and possible jail time, but no punishment was ever handed down because a D.C. federal appeals court stayed the Senate’s ruling in October 2008, while the White House appealed. Rove’s lawyer claimed Rove did not “intentionally delete” any emails but was only conducting “the type of routine deletions people make to keep their inboxes orderly,” according to the Associated Press.

White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove (R) pauses as he announces his resignation beside U.S. President George W. Bush at the White House in Washington, August 13, 2007. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES)

 

Read in full on Newsweek: THE GEORGE W. BUSH WHITE HOUSE ‘LOST’ 22 MILLION EMAILS

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