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

Court orders White House to preserve e-mails

A federal judge has ordered the White House to preserve its emails.

A federal judge has ordered the White House to preserve its emails.

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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  1. ty

    Will the White house stop Mayor Bloomberg and the MTA from increasing fares for the common folk ??

    January 14, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  2. ed

    I remember the stock market at an all time high. Home ownership at an all time high. Who is responsible for this. This was reported in the fall of 2007.

    January 14, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  3. Jackman

    Bush and his gang are safe while they stay in the US. But no foreign vacations... Or they just might end up in a war crimes trial.

    January 14, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  4. The Centrist

    Well, well, well. Its finally over! I didn't vote for Bush in either two elections, and smacked myself upside the head when a majority voted him back into office again buying into all his hoopla. The truth is these politicians don't trust you to choose the president, they think most of you are stupid. Maybe Obama is different though, that remains to be seen. But one thing is definitely for sure, hard times aren't over yet.

    January 14, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  5. Bye Bye Bush

    If Bush, Cheyney and Rumsfield go to jail for war crimes...then the phrase "Mission Accomplished" will really have some meaning.

    January 14, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  6. LM75

    Where has Bush been the past couple of weeks? Did he quit? Oh wait, that's a good thing.

    January 14, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  7. Polly

    What a waste of time.

    January 14, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  8. David

    In reading so many posts here, it is like reading things that illiterate and "foreigners" have posted. Weird!

    I voted for Obama. I never liked Bush. I am just telling it like I am reading it... and my point??? Are the people who can't speak good English taking over out country? Seems like it.

    January 14, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  9. DP

    What about Bill Clinton's emails and documents? Quote "Citing executive privilege, President Clinton today rejected subpoenas from Congressional Republicans to turn over records of private deliberations that led him to offer clemency last month to 16 members of a violent Puerto Rican nationalist group." Gee sound similar to a current situation. Maybe this is why Obama want to keep his blackberry. This way he can make his emails disappear.

    January 14, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  10. A disgrace to our country

    Jail him and inject him..!!

    Let's get him out our society!!

    January 14, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  11. DP

    What about Bill Clinton's emails and documents? Quote from NY Times: "Citing executive privilege, President Clinton today rejected subpoenas from Congressional Republicans to turn over records of private deliberations that led him to offer clemency last month to 16 members of a violent Puerto Rican nationalist group." Gee sound similar to a current situation. Maybe this is why Obama wants to keep his blackberry. This way he can make his emails disappear.

    January 14, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  12. KU Hawk

    Finally. How crazy to think it even a question. I think that they should be tried for war crimes.

    January 14, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  13. SM

    Bet they won't. They have a lot of stuff to hide, and under that smirk, I bet GWB is worried...things are coming unglued.

    January 14, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  14. Polly

    LOL...

    January 14, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  15. Polly

    Why don't they make this a reality show to see who can find the missing emails?

    January 14, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  16. George - Wayne, NJ

    What took so long ? Too late for impeachment !

    January 14, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  17. Polly

    If you want to hold one administration accountable, then hold the incoming one accountable. Start by investigating fund-raising deeds.

    January 14, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    "You all are a bunch of nut jobs."

    I couldn't agree more. Life was so sweet back in the 90's. This whole decade has been a nightmare, quite honestly.

    January 14, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  19. SM

    "As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil they set out to destroy."
    CHRISTOPHER DAWSON

    This is Bush's legacy to America-many, many people now believe that torture is justified, that spying on fellow citizens is justified, that stripping away our Constitutional rights is somehow necessary in the name of "protecting the homeland." (By the way Hitler first coined "homeland.") This is why he and Cheney and Rumsfeld and John Yue need to be brought to account...evil does not combat evil, and just because Bush said he could ignore laws does not make what he did legal. Doesn't it bother people that he and Cheney are now bragging about their crimes, as if they aren't crimes at all? America must be cleansed of these ideas before we become a different, suspicious, warring people and America ceases to exist.

    January 14, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  20. Bob

    I can't wait for Bush to be out of office, not because I don't like him, but because it's going to be VERY funny to watch all you Bush haters continue to blame him for all kinds of stuff, and then of course when there will no longer be any rational way to blame Bush, well, you'll continue. Some time after that, when even irrational arguments don't work, you'll just go silent rather than be honest with yourself.

    January 14, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  21. Bob

    From an earlier post: "You asked for facts: Here they are:
    1) Civil Liberties/Constitution completely destroyed with the Patriot Act
    2) Two wars, no victory
    3) Two Towers, it only took 4 planes to bring them down"

    Wow. Are you on drugs or what? Constitution completely destroyed by Patriot Act? Have you looked at the congressional voting record for this for both parties? And how has the Constitution been "completely destroyed".

    The problem I have with this kind of simplistic reasoning is that it fails to admit that we haven't had a major incident, probably because of things like the Patriot Act. And guess who would have been the first people SCREAMING at Bush for "not being tough enough" if something HAD happened without these actions...yes, YOU! Sadly, this nation is full of whiners and Monday Morning Quarterbacks, and the hatred for Bush completely whacks out your perception. Fine. Revoke the Patriot Act, and don't bother with some of the other things being done for security. When we have a major terrorist incident, you can bet that there will be heat like has NEVER been seen, and it will be laid right at YOUR feet...and the rest of the Democrats.

    January 14, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  22. Jackman

    Those e-mails could be the smoking septor!

    January 14, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  23. Maggie SC

    WHY DON'T THE SORRY GOVERNMENT LEAVE BUSH ALONE AND GO AFTER THE REAL CRIMINALS. BUSH HAS BEEN THE BEST PRESIDNET SINCE WE HAD REGAN. BUSH AS DONE MORE FOR THIS COUNTRY AND HAS LOVED THIS COUNTGRY MORE THAN YOU WILL FIND IN ANY OTHER PRESIDENT IN A LONG TIME. CARTER, CLINTON, NIXON, KENNEDY AND A LOT OF OTHER DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT TRIED TO GET ALL THEY COUND OUT OF OUR CIUNTRY AND NEVER PUT ANYTHING BACK. THEY DID NID NOT CARE THAT THE ENEMY MAY TAKE OVER OUR COUNTRY AND NOW THE BEST MAN IS LEAVING AND I AM SO AFRAID THAT THE TERROIST WILL COME IN BECAUSE THEY SEE HOW WEAK OUR DEFENSE IS AND OUR FINANCIAL PROBLEMS WHICH PAULON MADE E MESS OF IS IN JEPORDY AND WE MAY BECOME A 3RD WORLD COUNTRY LIKE THE ONES WE ARE TRYIN G TO HELP.

    January 14, 2009 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  24. gerardo

    to mike philly the only person who is goind to pooping their pants is yuo whe the president elect destroy this contry. i can't beleve they are stupid people like you uot ther. i see to me you don't care about this country if dont like here theme move to africa you make like that better but not destroy this contry some people care about what we have. that are cofinder this for us and are troop tha have keep us safe.
    cheney & bush will all way be the best president that we have.

    i hope that they find all the paper and birfh certifica paper from obama as far i no he is not usa he liear to get were he is and this country is in danger now.

    January 14, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  25. a good read?

    maybe it will be made into a hollywood movie

    January 14, 2009 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
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