December 14th, 2009
06:24 PM ET
6 months ago

Millions of White House e-mails recovered

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Computer technicians have recovered about 22 million Bush administration e-mails. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

Washington (CNN) - Computer technicians have recovered about 22 million Bush administration e-mails that the Bush White House had said were missing, two watchdog groups that sued over the documents announced Monday.

The e-mails date from 2003 to 2005, and had been "mislabeled and effectively lost," according to the National Security Archive, a research group based at George Washington University. But Melanie Sloan, executive director of the liberal-leaning Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), said it could be years before most of the e-mails are made public.

"The e-mails themselves are not what we're getting," Sloan said.

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  1. steve

    Let the truth be known!

    December 14, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. indiana voter

    Wow, there are really a lot of left wing nut jobs on this ticker today. I realize CNN is trying to keep you idiots reading it's website by throwing you dogs a bone, but this is getting ridiculous. It will be fun to see you idiot liberal nut-jobs dissapointed again when nothing is found that can even remotely incriminate anyone in the previous White House. You seem to forget that even Saddam Hussein thought he had weapons of mass destruction, as well as the rest of the world. Not just the U.S. By the way, how is that health-care "reform" going? Idiots!

    December 14, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. Susie

    Get over it folks. Enough is enough. I'd like to see the e-mails dug up from the Obama administration. Quit blaming folks and move on.

    December 14, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Lucullus

    And if they prove that the Cheney Administration broke the law so what? Do yhou really think the Democrates, or Obama, or the courts, or anyong will do anything about it? No, they will shake their collective heads and say, we've learned a great lesson here, no let's move on.

    December 14, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. BillOReits

    Don't get your hopes up. If they've been found, I'm sure they've been planted to not only exonerate, but to praise the Bush Administration. The conservative cabal is shrewd, unified and extremely well funded; they won't let something as simple as e-mail messages get in the way of their long range plans to permanently take control of the US Govermnent.

    December 14, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. hoaxusa

    And more for the Communist News Network, where the libtards hang out. Now you see what if feels like getting your comments forum gate crashed. Whahahahahaha!! Go Cheney, you gotem fuming now!

    December 14, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. jp,michigan

    Well, if they are able to retrieve Bush"s e-mail, watch out Obama they will be able to get yours.

    December 14, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. Carnell From The Motor City!

    The Legion Of Goons (Bush Administrations) Exposed!

    December 14, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. linda stewart

    And it's not like the Obama Administration is competent!

    Everyone is from Chicago. No one knows what the hell they are doing
    with Obama....not even Obama.

    Obama is toast next election and so are the democrats!

    December 14, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. Bob Hobbs

    I guess it's true that emails on the Internet are forever!

    "Lost Emails from the G.W.Bush Administration": makes for a really revealing movie.

    December 14, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. Joe D.

    I suspect the reason they've been "missing" for several years is to give someone a chance to scrub them clean, then hide them well enough to not be found for several months into the next administration. Bush/Cheney admin knew they could get away with most anything, since they held most of the cards and no one powerful enough was willing to call their bluff.

    December 14, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. charlie in Maine

    Pay no attention to trhat man behind the curtain.......................

    December 14, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. bmw

    The illegal acts of the Bush administration will continue to be discovered for years to come.

    December 14, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. Bee

    Bad Boys, Bad Boys – What you gonna do? What you gonna do when they come for you? It's ON dirt bags!

    December 14, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Bush must be crapping his pants right now...hope he enjoys his freedom while it lasts

    December 14, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. Bea

    Bush need to go to trail, why should we pay for emails he sent. You need to sue the responsible person. They got billions, they can pay for their mistakes.

    December 14, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. Ancient Texan

    The left wing idiots just know that they can punish, in some way, a far better president than the goof-ball dipstick we have now. Keep it up. What goes around comes around, and Obama can be in trouble in the next administration.

    December 14, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. Matt

    Let's see how the coverage of these e-mails compare to the coverage of climate gate.....

    Interesting that only news is that e-mails were recovered and the Bush haters are already claiming there was foul play afoot.

    Seems that some are predisposed....or pre judging....or prejudice.

    December 14, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. ZScape

    This is BETTER than the 18 minute tape gap from Richard Nixon!!!
    But nothing will be done about all these missing emails. You can bet on it.

    December 14, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  20. Phil

    I've been saying for years that Bush and Cheney are nothing but war criminals and should be tried and convicted in the Hague. Give them life terms without parole. Hopefully these emails will expose their 8 years of deceit and lies and prove once and for all how evil these two profiteers really are.

    December 14, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  21. joe smith

    do you suppose now that the e-mails have been located..is there someone, something guarding them 24/7, that they may not go missing, or destroyed, or hanging in someones' garage in Florida by mistake on purpose..

    December 14, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  22. MishaJohn

    Now everyone know the perfect gift for former Bush staffers: a criminal defense lawyer!

    December 14, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. KG Larkin

    Did Bush know how to use email???

    December 14, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. D. Tree

    The Bush & Cheney administration deliberately violated the law by deleting these emails. It is a victory for our Constitution that they have been recovered today.

    December 14, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. Robert

    I guess the Bush admin didn't have the skills for deleting emails beyond the reach of those crafty Obama liberals. Add that to their economic, foreign policy, and above all ethical challenges and its easy to see why republicans don't matter anymore.

    December 14, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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