Whole lotta email goin' on
Shake, baby, shake. From yesterday's press briefing at the Whitewash House:
Q Waxman's committee has put out an interim report on the issue of the RNC emails showing, they say, that there was more use of those emails than the White House suggested, indicating possibly widespread violation of the Presidential Records Act. It's, like, 140,000 emails of Rove's, so the White House Counsel's Office is aware that official business was being conducted through this party (inaudible) system? Can you respond to all that and what --
MR. BLOW: Look, I can't respond specifically to things that the committee may have put out. But those email accounts were set up, A, on a model based on the prior administration, which had done it the same way, in order to try to avoid Hatch Act violations. And we'll just -- we'll leave it at that. I mean, these were designed precisely to avoid Hatch Act violations that prohibit the use of government assets for certain political activities.
Oh, come on. This is the most transparent fucking cover story I've ever heard. They say "Move everything that's political into the private RNC accounts." But, to this White House, everything is political; as John DiIulio and many others have written, there's no policy arm in this White House at all. So, since everything is political, all the correspondence moves off the White House servers onto the RNC servers. Eh?
The shakin' continues:
Q What have you all found in looking at these emails and emails related to the U.S. attorneys --
MR. B: I don't have any comment.
Q Pony, thank you; two questions. Channel 6 in --
MR. BLOW: I'll tell you what, let me back up -- a couple of things. Number one, again, I'm still trying to -- Hutch, I'm not sure exactly what you're trying to get at here. I want to make sure I give you a satisfactory answer. What you're talking about is?
Q Well, you all are going back and saying, remember, how many you could save that might be relevant to that inquiry.
MR. BLOW: Right.
Q I'm wondering where that stands. And are you prepared to give up whatever you found at --
MR. BLOW: Well, number one, I'm not going to get into any conversations we may be having with Senator Waxman's committee about what they may be requesting. But, again, the way the system works, any email sent to or received from White House emails are automatically archived. And the RNC has had an email preservation policy for White House staffers, as well.
And of course there's no followup to ask what the policy is!
We've sort of been through this -- I'm not sure exactly what the start date was -- we'll just have to see how Counsel's Office responds to Representative Waxman's request.
Q We have been through this, but you were saying at the time there were, like, 50 staffers -- Waxman is saying, no, it's more like 88, and there are indications -- I mean, 140,000 emails is a lot of emails.
MR. BLOW: That is a whole lot of email.
Q And that's just Rove, that's not all the other folks.
MR. BLOW: That's a whole lot of email, absolutely right.
Reach me that bucket, wouldja, hon?