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White House Blames Clinton for Emails

So, not only did White House aides (including Karl Rove) use Republican National Committee and Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign emails for official business—which in itself is against the law—and not only did they later destroy emails from certain staffer—also against the law—but now they're blaming none other than Bill Clinton for their actions. Yes, Bill Fucking Clinton.

The Snowman today said that the decision for political aides to use non-governmental email accounts was an attempt to comply with the Hatch Act, which forbids political activity on the public's dime and with public resources. On the surface, that makes sense until you see that we're talking about hundreds of thousands of emails sent to .gov emails and relating to official business, which is of course subject to The Presidential Records Act. But it's always Bill Clinton's fault, isn't it.

Snow claimed that the "email accounts were set up on a model based on the prior administration, which had done it the same way, in order to try to avoid Hatch Act violations."

But that's bullshit. All the way back in 1993—yes, 14 years ago when email was but a glint in the eye of the American public—John Podesta, then Assitant to the President, issued a memo ordering all staff to strictly adhere to the Presidential Records Act and maintain ALL records relating to official business.

I guess Tony Snow forgot about that niggling detail.

VIA ThinkProgress

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