House memo targets Rove emails
The House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform has reportedly sent a memo to federal agencies giving them a specific 9-step process for locating emails regarding Karl Rove and other White House aides. The memo was distributed by email on April 20th.
The memo, which was sent by Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA), instructed federal agents to search through 6 years of emails.
"The search should include any e-mails received or sent by any covered agency official after January 20, 2001 and before April 12, 2007," said the memo, a copy of which was obtained by the Examiner.
The oversight committee is specifically searching for emails sent via gwb43.com, georgewbush.com and rnchq.org accounts, which are Internet domain names registered to the Republican National Committee or Bush-Cheney '04, Inc.
The committee is investigating whether White House staffers violated the Presidential Records Act by using outside email accounts that would not be archived by government email servers.
The memo "specifically mentions 15 people in whom the committee is particularly interested. They include Rove, former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, and 13 other current and former White House aides," reports the Examiner.
"For each covered agency official, the search should include the official's e-mail account, any archive of e-mail account including printed e-mails where appropriate, servers, and any backup tape or other backup media containing e-mails to or from the official," Waxman wrote in the memo.
On April 25th the Committee voted to subpoena RNC chairman Mike Duncan to appear before the Committee to testify on the use of RNC email accounts. The subpoena called for Duncan to testify on May 8th.