Report Confirmed: White House Hid Subpoenaed E-Mails
July 7, 2008 - 8:25 PM
(CNSNews.com) - Thousands of White House e-mails containing information on "Filegate," campaign finance abuses, "Chinagate," and Monica Lewinsky were never turned over to a federal grand jury or three congressional committees - despite pending subpoenas.
According to a report in Thursday's Washington Times, officials at Northrop Grumman Corporation have confirmed that the subpoenaed e-mails were never turned over.
Northrop Grumman employees, working under a computer contract at the White House, discovered in 1998 that because of a computer glitch, a White House search for subpoenaed e-mails was incomplete. They discovered that about 100,000 White House e-mails had never been surrendered.
The contract employees also confirmed that White House officials told them they'd go to jail if they discussed their discovery with anyone.
The House Government Reform Committee reportedly plans to issue more subpoenas today for the withheld e-mails - many of which have been relabeled as "classified" in an apparent attempt to keep them away from investigators.
The House Government Reform Committee launched an investigation into the e-mails last month, when the former chief of White House computer operations told the Washington Times that administration officials covered up the fact that that e-mails from August 1996 to November 1998 had not been surrendered, as required by law.
The former White House employee, Sheryl Hall, said the coverup was an effort to delay ongoing investigations into 2001, after President Clinton leaves office.
Hall, who now works at the US Treasury Department, is suing Mrs. Clinton and other White House staffers for harassing her and demoting her after she complained about the alleged misuse of the White House Office Database.
Her lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court in Washington by Judicial Watch, a public interest law firm that was instrumental in prompting the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct to consider revoking President Clinton's law license.
Judicial Watch has now asked a federal court to send US Marshals to the White House to collect the withheld e-mails. That request is pending, the newspaper reports. See Earlier Story