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. Independent in NC

    Oh please, does anyone actually think Obama is going to leave a paper trail, electronic or otherwise? I foresee lots of verbal orders given by him in the future so it's his word vs someone else. He doesn't have the spine to stand up and admit that he might make an unpopular or flat-out wrong decision.

    Bush was a lot of things, few of them good, but at least we'll be able to look at what he did when the information is released and make our own judgments.

    December 14, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. Chuck H Jasper, Georgia

    No matter what is contained in the "found" e-mails, no prosecution will ever take place even if their is evidence of wrong-doing. The reason is quite simple. If the U.S. prosecutes a former president of breaking the law, the perception of our government being no different than any other corrupt government, would be confirmed to the world. There would be more to lose than to gain by prosecuting. Our foreign policy and perception by other nations as well as the people of foreign nations and the opinion they have of our country is f vital import. Much more vital than prosecuting. Expose any wrong-doings, but don't even expect any "justice".

    December 14, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. Bob of Lompoc

    The "smoking Emails"? Watch out Bush and Cheney. The walls are closing in.

    December 14, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. wcb2009

    Any idiot IT person knows that email is not private. It's a good idea to never say anything in an email that you would not stand behind if it were published on the front page of the newspaper the next day.

    So much for global warming emails...

    December 14, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. Denny

    So what????? All this means is that the press will take what little investigative effort they have made off of the health care farce this idiot in the White House is pushing and concentrate on their hate Bush/Cheney tirade again. This nut that occupies the White House is dismantling this country one piece at a time, selling us short to his Muslim buddies every time he travels abroad. Congress is burning through our money faster than we can earn it, and the press doesn't give a flip and either do you left wing hate Bush hate Palin crowd. You fools are going to go into Obamaite shock when your taxes get raised sky high, and you energy bills go through the roof. But go ahead and hope they find an email or two that make Bush look bad. Whatever they find won't be as bad as what that Chicago skum and his cheating czars are doing under your very noses at this very moment.

    December 14, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  6. ab from MN

    Steve Lewis(right wing moron blogger of the day) asks, "If it's the WH's perogative to fire a federal attorney, then so what?"

    Because the founding fathers created 3 seperate branches of government. The executive, judicial and legislative branches. One branch is not supposed to have influence over the other. So when Bush fires 8 prosecuters in the judicial branch he is abusing his executive powers. Unconstitutional. Catch up on your history and come on here with good questions to debate ya right wing moron.

    Bush and Cheney are crooks who started wars for oil and power. They destroyed our economy. They stole from the middle class. They belong in jail. Period.

    December 14, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. Richard L

    Karl Rove and the rest of Bush's gang may not sleep well tonight. They deserve it.

    December 14, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  8. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Thank goodness there's a majority of right-thinkers on the Supreme Court to prevent witch hunts like all the left-wingnuts here want.

    Trust that Obama's administration is taking note and will scrub clean all their Blackberries once they leave office.

    December 14, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  9. Roger KC

    Regardless of what they find, there will be no consequences. Obama has already committed to moving forward, not looking back. Why waste time. Bush lived in the gray area of ethics and constitutional law. We know that. We know he was asleep at the wheel (or purposely ignoring the world around him). We need to move forward and fix what he and his incompetent/unethical administration broke. Spending resources to regurgitate sins of the past will detract from the work that must be done and further polarize our country.

    December 14, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. GOPBslapper

    Gee.......what a suprise, Republicans conveiniently lost 22 million e-mails. Well I guess that's not nearly as bad as the $11 Billion in cash they lost in Iraq during the war. Why aren't Bush , Cheney, and the rest of the GOP Cabal in prison where they belong.

    December 14, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  11. Clyde of Pensacola

    The majority of you guys sound like Dan Rather, remember his foray....let's see what these emails say and let the chips fall where they may. I for one do not believe in rushing to judgement before all the cards are on the table. The Bush/Cheney administration I believe were acting in THEIR best interest and not the country, therefore illegal means does not justify a manufactured end.

    December 14, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. Jeff in Houston

    Too bad this president is more of a gentleman than I am. Would love to have it all turned over to a special prosecutor. Still daydream about seeing the enitre lot of the Bush Regime tried for treason.

    December 14, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  13. Debbie

    Another reason why I believe Bush/Cheney should be tried for crimes against the people of the United States. I realize that many will make this a DEM/GOP issue but it is not. It rests soley on Bush/Cheney.

    December 14, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. felicia

    I wouldn't even blame President Obama for not wanting to do a second term. america is a lousy, racist, prejudice place. bush and cheney boy needs to be taught a lesson. The repigs have ran this country into the ground and now that we have a great President they running scared.

    December 14, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. What???

    OH Boy! This is not good! I may not have thought much of lil Dubyah and the creep that was VP, but I hope we don't have to see the levels of corruption and the incompetence to cover it up. Everyone knows that emails are never lost! Its these REALLY DUMB GOPers that keep saying – Its Obama's fault that Bush as stupid

    December 14, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  16. Nimises

    Those complaining that it is an attack from liberals are wrong. Does the fact that America was misled, torture permitted, eaves dropping on citizens, and provoking wars without proper authorization sound legal to you? Any American alive during the Bush Admin deserves answers regarding their rights as citizens... Regardless or their political beliefs.

    December 14, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  17. Nimises

    I fail to understand why the Obama Admin defends the Bush Admin so much. Wanna bet democrats are involved in the crimes of Cheney?

    December 14, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  18. Mike

    If this administration spent as much time working on the future as they waste on the past we would be much better off. If people would remember the past they would see that Bush wasted no time pursuing Clinton, but focused on the problems at hand without blaming the past administration. I think we could use a little more of that. The past transgressions will become clear enough soon enough.

    December 14, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  19. WIlly Brown

    Here comes another Barry diversion so he can ram something else down our throats we don't want and then call it "change".

    December 14, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  20. LouieD

    hahaha Love the pro-Bush responses on here, which all boil down to "B-b-b-but Obama...!"

    What exactly is it you think that Cheney/Bush have to hide? As much as it makes me laugh, you claim they're more principled and honest than the Obama administration. According to your own defense of the PATRIOT Act, "if people have nothing to hide, then they have nothing to fear."

    Either stand by that, or to paraphrase another conservative catchphrase, "sweat, baby, sweat!"

    December 14, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. GEORGE

    Good !! , maybe now Cheney and Rove will finally be in jail .

    December 14, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  22. Lee in TN

    These were never lost.......just hidden. Now that some of the incriminating ones have been cleaned up by Cheney sympathizers, they have miraculously been found.

    December 14, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    To everyone out there who thinks investigating this is a waste of time:

    Our leaders are not above the law. Bush & Company did many questionable things during their 8 years; if it's all on the up-and-up, they've got nothing to worry about.

    If, on the other hand, they committed crimes, then they should be held accountable, just like everyone else.

    A crime is still a crime – it doesn't matter how long ago it happened.

    December 14, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    Of course some of these emails won't be released due to national security concerns ... but my guess is there will be plenty of damage done, nonetheless.

    The Bush Administration will hang itself with its own words.

    December 14, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  25. let's hack.............

    Pelosi's about "dull".

    December 14, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
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