January 14th, 2009
10:27 PM ET
14 years ago

Court orders White House to preserve e-mails

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - A federal judge has ordered the Bush White House to preserve its e-mails, just days before a new administration takes over.

The court's preservation notice Wednesday stems from a ongoing lawsuit by private groups over allegedly missing electronic messages, and allegations the
White House failed to properly monitor its internal communications among staff.

The issue has been a thorny legal and political one for outgoing Bush officials, who are in the process of transferring more than 300 million e-mail messages and 25,000 boxes of documents to the National Archives.

U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy instructed officials to search all White House workstations "and to collect and preserve all e-mails sent or received between March 2003 and October 2005."

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soundoff (265 Responses)

    Whatever. I'll believe it when I see it. In the meantime, Bush and Cheney will get away w/all of it. I won't waste my time believing these teaser articles.

    January 14, 2009 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  2. bmoody

    Kinda messes up your legacy when we have those emails don't it?

    History will never just you kindly Bush.

    We will never forget the Worst President Ever!

    January 14, 2009 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  3. Denise

    They have probably gotten rid of them already

    January 15, 2009 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  4. Bitter NeoCon Loser

    8 years of partying & using "terrorism" as an excuse to get rich, snatch up all the Iraqi oil & play wargames with all the other Masters of the Universe neocon lunatics who can't get over the end of the Cold War.

    Now, the bill's come due, the public's wise to your games, & even the God-Squad Evangelicals won't help b/c half your "moral majority" is gay, has a pregnant teenager or is in prison for taking bribes.


    January 15, 2009 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  5. James Neugen

    God is punishing this country for electing an idiot.
    Millions of citizens suffering economic hardships must not be joking matters for George Bush. Wars must not be a game for him to play.
    He should write a book and entitle it "Mission Accomplished: America Destroyed".
    He must be tried and executed for negligence, deceit, war crimes.
    Such a despicable miserable failing idiot !

    January 15, 2009 12:14 am at 12:14 am |

    The most significant emails have been shredded already. Duh.

    This is the Bush/Cheney administration we're talking about.

    January 15, 2009 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  7. Jane

    I'm tired of this crap can't we just move forward?? It seems like the Democrats are stuck in the past and can't get over the blame game. Your savior has been elected maybe it will all be bright and sunny next week. If not we have to work as a team to fix our country not play games and throw stones. Time to roll up the sleeves and move our country forward learning from past mistakes. It almost seems to me like there is an underground movement to divide America so we will fight among and destroy ourselves.

    January 15, 2009 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  8. Sye the Pychic

    Some poor folks are addicted to drugs.Some folks are addicted to spewing hate on blogs,lets pray for both.Good night and good luck.

    January 15, 2009 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  9. jobse

    if they were doing their job correctly, then why would it be a blow?

    January 15, 2009 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  10. George Washington

    what is email ?

    January 15, 2009 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  11. Bob

    Dear ex-Republican:

    Here's how your scorecard will look AFTER Obama
    1) Civil Liberties, Constitution, Freedom of the Press, and Freedom of Opporotunity gone
    2,3,4,5,6,7 unchanged
    8) National Debt 20 trillion....5 times larger...He'll make 14 in his first year!
    9) Unemployment...you think 7 is bad...try 20%
    10) Indoctrination...er....education system non-existant
    11) Total socialized health care (see 20 trillion dollar debt)
    12) No torture....one for Obama here...the 2 guys we actually tortured will like this
    13) WMD's not found....unless one of them lands on us
    14) economy gone forever
    15) Housing crisis over due to 15+% inflation rate...but can you afford
    $20 loaf of bread or $20 a gallon gas
    16) keeping us safe.....we'll see

    January 15, 2009 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  12. GOP no more!

    I hope they will find enough in those e-mails to send all those warmongers to jail, I don't care that bush is just stupid – ignorance doesn't excuse killing thousands of innocent people just because you want to have a revenge for 9/11.

    January 15, 2009 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  13. Aaron Henry

    You ask what right have I lost. How about one of the most sacred rights, that being the right to be secure in your property and possession. The Patriot act authorizes government agents to enter secretly and without warrants into any home or business in the United States of America.

    If you don't think that that is a degradation of your constitutional rights, then please, read both the constitution and the patriot act.

    January 15, 2009 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  14. Concerned American Citizen

    Excuse me for being concerned but the 350 billion dollar stimulus package that our government is about to enact confuses me. In America their are approximately 300+ million people why can't our government give that money to the people at 1 million per household, allowing each family to pay off their debt, i.e. mortgages, credit cards, auto loans and so on. This not only would save the American family but also influx money back into banks, credit card companies, Auto manufacturers and so on. It seems to me to be a simple math equation spen 350 milion plus give it to the hard working people of this country which are the backbone of what America stands for, let us save our own country as oppsed to giving 350 billion dollars into the hands of the greedy capitalists who got us in this mess in the first place. It is a win win scenario. And as far as the G-7 is concerned after the dust clears and we as a people have saved our blessed land then sit down with the G-7 and figure out how to manage our world so that this type of saving tactic will not have to be used again.

    Concerned in California

    January 15, 2009 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  15. Can't Count

    Uh...350 billion, divided by 300 million would be 1,167.00/person, not 1,000,000 per household. Despite all that's been done, the Bush administration has not changed the decimal system. 🙂

    January 15, 2009 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
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