Patrick Leahy of the Senate Judiciary Committee and John Conyers of the House Judiciary Committee have sent a letter
to Dubya's Special Counsel, Fred Fielding.
In addition, we have become increasingly sensitized over the last several days to the White House staff wearing several "hats" and using Republican National Committee and campaign e-mail addresses. In fact, as Chairman Waxman has recently pointed out, congressional investigations, including this one, "have uncovered evidence that White House staff have used nongovernmental e-mail accounts to conduct official government business."
As Chairman Waxman has also pointed out, many exchanges between Jack Abramoff and White House officials were conducted via non-governmental e-mail accounts. Indeed, he quotes exchanges that suggest that Mr. Abramoff and White House officials were using the nongovernmental accounts specifically to avoid creating a White House "record" of the communications.
We hope you agree that such sleight of hand should not be used to circumvent and compromise the comprehensiveness of our investigation...
Accordingly, we trust that you will be collecting and producing e-mails and documents from all e-mail accounts, addresses and domains and that you are not artificially limiting your production to the official White House e-mail and document retention system.
Is that trust well-placed? I am, shall we say, less than convinced that this White House will follow the letter and spirit of this request.