[Memorandum from Democratic Committee Staff to Members of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform regarding Supplemental Information for Full Committee Hearing on White House E-mails]   [open pdf - 1MB]

"The Committee has been investigating White House compliance with the Presidential Records Act. In preparation for this hearing, the Committee received more than 20,000 pages of internal e-mails and other documents from the White House and the National Archives and Records Administration. The Committee also interviewed or received written answers to questions from six current or former officials in the White House responsible for preserving White House records. The documents and interviews raise serious questions about the White House's compliance with the Presidential Records Act, which requires the White House to preserve emails documenting the 'activities, deliberations, decisions, and policies' of the President. […] The White House has not had a reliable system for preserving White House e-mails since 2002, when the White House made the decision to stop using the Automatic Records Management System (ARMS) used by the Clinton White House. […]Until mid-2005, the system that the White House used for preserving e-mails had serious security flaws. […]The White House has refused to cooperate with efforts by the National Archives to ensure the preservation of White House e-mails. […]The process of recovering missing e-mails from RNC servers and White House back-up tapes has not begun."

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