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Bush advisers may have used wrong e-mail
WASHINGTON, April 12 (UPI) -- E-mails from White House officials that are required by U.S. law to be preserved may have been destroyed due to officials improperly using private accounts.
White House officials said 22 administration employees with political duties -- including chief political strategist Karl Rove -- possess Republican National Committee accounts that are meant for campaign-related business only. But some may have been used for official business, including discussion of a plan to fire U.S. attorneys, The New York Times reported Thursday.
Scott Stanzel, deputy White House press secretary, said the administration is conducting its own investigation into the improper use of e-mail accounts.
"The White House has not done a good enough job overseeing staff using political e-mail accounts to assure compliance with the Presidential Records Act," Stanzel said.
As a result, Stanzel said, "we may not have preserved all e-mails that deal with White House business."
"This is a remarkable admission that raises serious legal and security issues," Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., told the Los Angeles Times. Waxman serves as chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which considered the e-mails key evidence in its investigation into the role of electoral politics in the Bush administration's policymaking.
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