Judge Orders Bush: Save Emails

Ruling comes in answer to lawsuits which claims millions are missing
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2007 7:57 PM CST
In this Friday, March 16, 2007, file photo, former CIA analyst Valerie Plame listens to opening statements on Capitol Hill during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. (AP Photo/Dennis...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A federal judge ruled against Bush today and ordered the White House to save all emails from now on, the AP reports. US District Judge Henry Kennedy's ruling came in answer to suits which claim that 5 million White House emails have already vanished—an issue that arose during the Valerie Plame CIA hearings almost two years ago.

Bush's promise to preserve emails "wasn't enough," said one attorney arguing the case. "But the White House stopped archiving its e-mail in 2003 and we don't know if some backup tapes for those e-mails were already taped over before we went to court. It's a mystery," said another. The White House, which says it is saving emails, claims that a computer may have failed to archive some in the past.