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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soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. bob

    Get ready for some bombshells.

    December 14, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Yes We Can

    Oh my!

    Heavy debt to pay is now due

    December 14, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Triple A

    I think someone might be trying to distract problems/low pol stats for the once anointed one.

    December 14, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. Bill

    Will you folks all be o.k. when Pres. Obama decides not to release all the emails for reasons of national security?

    December 14, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. The Other Michael in Houston

    It is laughable to hear you so called conservatives call other people nut jobs, isn't that tha pot calling the kettle black? Anyway, I for one will be curious to know how in the world one white house administration almost destroyed the world as we know it. How very Bush and Cheney of them to all of sudden "lose" millions of emails. Face it you so called conservatives, 2000-2008 will go downs as one of the darkest moments in American History, period. I am one to believe that if the Bush Administration commited war crimes, then they should be tried. And I will say the same for the Obama Administration as well. So there you go so called conservatives, not all of us, well, none of us real Americans give our guy a free pass as all of you so called conservatives did between 2000-2008 and in a lot of ways still are by defending those mouth breathers you elected in office.

    December 14, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. gord ontario

    can t wait for the movie

    December 14, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. Dan

    These Emails will not see the light of day until 2014. By then Obama will have this so screwed up you all will not remember who GBW was.

    December 14, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. Jake

    don't you mean "found, after being conveniently misplaced"

    December 14, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. Barbara

    Now let's get those liars into court. Time for Bush/Cheney to do some time.

    December 14, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. Robert

    Wouldn't it be fun to see some former federal prosecutors such as David Iglesias et al thumb through these emails...............

    And then get reappointed by the Obama administration to apply the scales of justice appropriately?

    Naw, Obama will just let the filthy rats off the hook again.

    December 14, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. Butch

    I wonder how long it has taken Obama's minions to write 22 million emails (almost a year according to my South Park calendar) wonder they haven't been getting anything done.

    Glad they "discovered" them.

    December 14, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  12. Marie Laveaux

    Perhaps those weapons of mass destruction will be found quietly tucked away in the "lost" e-mails. Yet another example of the lack of respect held by the prior administration for the law, the office of the President, and the American people. Still, I don't see Bush as the main bad guy, just a stooge for Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rove. I'm loving the comments by the rabid right on here, by the way. You people are a hoot!

    December 14, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. Tired in Texas

    Wonder what 'the good 'ol boys' are gonna do now?

    December 14, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. cheese

    So i suppose when emails you dont understand from intellectuals you hate are stolen from a major climate change research institute, its ok for rightwingers to be up in arms. But when emails which were deliberately lost turn up from Shrub's administration, its all "how's health care reform going?".

    December 14, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. Ted

    typical of the sheer incompetence of the Bush adminstration. hopefully none of it was sensitive or gave comfort to the enemy or exposed us to terrorism. Glad Bush and Cheney and the rest of the jerks are gone.

    December 14, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  16. Dan Holiday

    Also, please tell me with absolute facts to support your accusations what crimes Bush committed. With facts now, not some crap you read on one of your conspiracy sites. Please tell me. I really want to know. lol.

    December 14, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  17. S Callahan Third week of Advent...light you candle for JOY

    Uh oh, does this mean a grand jury will be convene soon?

    December 14, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. ZScape

    Not 22 emails,
    Not 220 emails
    Not 2,200 emails
    Not 22,000 emails
    Not 220,000 emails
    Not 2,220,000 emails
    BUT 22, 000, 000 emails

    December 14, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  19. Jane/Seattle

    Now can we investigate and prosecute them for war crimes and crimes against humanity?

    December 14, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  20. Steve in Kentucky

    Best case scenario: Bush and Cheney, especially, will finally stand trial for war crimes. Maybe they can hold the trial at the federal courthouse in New York City.

    Worst case scenario: Obama will help cover up for the war criminals as he's already done way too much.

    December 14, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. jacq

    After the damage that the Bush administration has done they should be made public and held accountable for running this country into the ground,then the bankers need to be held accountable,don't come the the American tax payers again because your loan will be denied.They should have let you fell the first time,and for the greed Health Insurance company who have the republicans in your pockets I hope they take away your anti trust you don't even rate to have it.We haven't forgotten that the GOP and fat cats are the ones who started this mess, it happen on your watch the downward spiral of this country.Just keep on saying no and you will be shown the door as well.

    December 14, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  22. Who cares

    while nothing else is getting done, this adminstration is playing computer geek and recovering deleted love letters between George and Dick.

    stupidity, pure stupidity, digging up bones and driving bigger wedges in the national fabric.

    December 14, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  23. Whatever

    I bet they will not be released..and if the are ...the emails will have nothing to say.

    December 14, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  24. Jason

    Can't wait to see what type of emails come out of this.

    December 14, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  25. Clearly Departed

    Does anyone believe it's coincidence these are coming to light right now? Who wants to be Obama's people found these the day after his inauguration, and have been sitting on them, waiting for a moment when they might need a strategic distraction to keep the public from seeing what's really going on with the current administration?

    Any second-rate magician knows most people will watch the hand that's moving, the hand the magician is looking at, and not the other hand. Keep your eye on the other hand.

    December 14, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
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