December 14th, 2009
06:24 PM ET
9 years ago

Millions of White House e-mails recovered


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 Lewis, Holly Springs, NC

    Who Cares! Let's move on.

    If it's the WH's perogative to fire a federal attorney, then so what?

    December 14, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Sean

    I wonder if this will result in Iraq-Gate where it is shown that the cases for invading, destroying, rebuilding and occupying Iraq were as false as we thought back in 2003. Can't wait to see what comes of this. Still can't believe this country fell for Bush's weak lies and fear mongering. Well, it was mostly conservatives who believed him...but sadly not many of them signed up to fight the Bush we had to hire rapist mercenaries.

    Argh...what a mess.

    December 14, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. warren smith

    ok now what

    December 14, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Sadie

    Well maybe now we will see the dirty deeds done by the Bush/Cheney administration.........what liers, they new were the emails were all the time, they tried to hide them.........I hope they find some real good stuff that can put Cheney in jail for a long time........

    December 14, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. EastTexian

    Any good IT person (and even me, who knows just a little about computer emails – they were sent over servers and the messages are retained at soo many levels) KNOWS that the emails are never lost. I cannot wait for them all to be found!! And then for BUSH, CHENEY, RUMSFELD, ROVE & WOLFIE to go to JAIL~~

    December 14, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Ron in California

    Left wing a good blood feast. No stained dresses in Bushes Administration. I think he was imperfect like all presidents but he did what he did to keep us safe.

    December 14, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. GOP = "I hope he fails"

    It's going to be very interesting to see how email should be the basis of denying climate change, yet these email are "taken out of context," or perhaps "are just a liberal media lie."

    December 14, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Conan

    If Bush and Cheney were so evil and powerful then why didn't they just erase these e-mails? Oh nevermind, why try and even have a rational discussion......

    December 14, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Zach

    Why aren't Bush and Cheney on trial for treason and WAR CRIMES already?

    Nothing will be done, it will business as usual.

    Justice? We don't need no stinking justice.

    December 14, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. Dave

    Yet another thing Republicans messed up and now Democrats have to repair. That's starting to look like standard Republican operating procedure: foul everything up, wait for a Democrat to fix it, and then complain about how he does it.

    That's assuming that Republicans didn't try to delete all those e-mails on purpose to hide things, o' course... in which case, they didn't even manage to do *that* right, either! Fail, fail, fail.

    December 14, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. Robert

    Stupid Republicans. I heard the "mislabeled" files were moved from the "DOJ Hatchet Job Coverup" directory to another already established directory "IRAQ WMDs" which had lots more disk space than they anticipated.

    December 14, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. Robin

    Of course it's more Blame Bush.

    What can you expect from a President who spent 20 years being indoctrinated by the paranoid Rev. Wright?

    December 14, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. scott

    can't wait till obama is gone and all his e-mail dirty laundry is aired in the public domain, most of the bush people much like in years to come, the obama administration should be jailed for the way the ran America into the ground.
    my opinion...........

    December 14, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. Alfred E. Neumann

    Any of them discuss the bending over of Joe Lieberman?

    December 14, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. Aukala

    Are they also investigating Clinton and his reason(s) for firing ALL the Federal Prosecutors? I believe they should all be investigated. Bush and Clinton.

    December 14, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. BDS sufferer

    Revenge is a dish best served at every meal.

    December 14, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. Mario in Texas

    I'm betting Dick Cheney wishes he was in his undisclosed bunker now.

    December 14, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. Tom

    Note to all politicians: You can run, but you can't hide.

    December 14, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Cindy the Independent

    Nothing will happen to those emails, because the GOP is going to start whining about how the current Administration is going to jeapordize the country and our security. I did not realize how scandalous our government is untl the last couple of years.

    Obama will use it when it is needed. Nice weapon to have in your back pocket. I wonder how long they had these emails. They have going through all these emails for months now. I betcha they know all the dirt now. During the 2010 and 2012 campaign I would release one everyday day. (lol). It is on now!

    December 14, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |

    My favorite part is listening to our little friends on the right apologize to those two crooks. Still I know it is too much to hope for - that they end up in jail, which is exactly where they belong.

    December 14, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. twiddly

    hoo boy, this is gonna be fun!

    December 14, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. Gregory W. Brusso

    That comes out to about five and a half E-amils per minute! No wonder the Bush administration was so screwed up, They were on the computer all the time! Lets be real!!

    December 14, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. FRITZY

    Mislabeled and lost? We aren't talking about you car keys or your tax return forms, were talking server farms of serialized, Federally protected hard drives. Who mislabeled them on whose orders?

    December 14, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. Al-NY,NY

    I love these idiots on here that say "get over it" "go after Obama" Wouldnt they like to know whether their duh duh duhbya broke any rules or did anything improper?? I guess not since they give him a free ride and expect the current POTUS to pony up all information about anything just to make HIM look bad. The hypocrisy astounds....

    December 14, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. Right wingnuts are as dumb as a woonsocket

    It looks like unemployed by Obama will be living in his parents basement for a long time. What a crap attitude.

    December 14, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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