Thursday, March 29, 2007

Separate White House E-mail Accounts Draw New Criticism

Via U.S. News & World Report.

News that administration officials are buying separate private E-mail accounts to avoid using the internal system, coupled with reports that aides have often used GOP E-mail accounts, is drawing heat from public interest groups. One, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, claims the practice could be illegal.

According to CREW, the Presidential Records Act appears to require that internal documentation be kept and that it should be handled in official channels. The separate accounts are outside those channels.

"It appears that White House staff members routinely violated the law by using RNC E-mail accounts for official business," said CREW's Melanie Sloan.

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