Sunday, February 17, 2008

Dems Ask Judge To Order Disclosure Of Missing Emails

Sounds like they have a pretty good case and, because the Bushites went around official Email laws, by using RNC Email accounts, they may well have out-smarted themselves.

Wait 'till these babies hit the public eye.

AP) The Democratic Party asked a judge Thursday to order the disclosure of 68 pages of White House e-mails that the Bush administration is trying to keep secret.

The Democratic National Committee is suing the Justice Department over the firing of U.S. attorneys, seeking electronic messages by White House staffers who performed political duties on e-mail accounts of the Republican National Committee.

Dozens of White House staffers had RNC e-mail accounts and the Democratic Party is trying to determine the extent to which those accounts were used in the U.S. attorneys controversy.

Under former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Justice Department officials consulted with the White House on the firings of at least nine federal prosecutors, triggering a furor over a hiring process that favored Republican loyalists.

The administration is withholding the e-mails from the DNC, claiming they are exempt from public disclosure. The Freedom of Information Act allows claims of confidentiality for presidential communications and material on internal deliberations before a final decision is made.

In a 12-page court filing, the DNC said the Bush administration cannot withhold the e-mails because the White House staffers who wrote them were not acting in their official capacities as presidential advisers, nor were they involved in decision-making on behalf of any government agency, a requirement for invoking the FOIA exemption.

Messages sent over these RNC e-mail accounts were not treated as being subject to the federal laws governing official records, the Democratic Party argued in the court papers filed with U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle.

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The Nazis, Fascists and Communists were political parties before they became enemies of liberty and mass murderers.

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