Dana Perino’s Big Hands

One of the big stories today is the House Oversight Committee’s Report on the use of political e-mail accounts by White House staff in violation of the Presidential Records Act. Here are some tidbits:

In March 2007, White House spokesperson Dana Perino said that only a “handful of officials” had RNC e-mail accounts. In later statements, her estimate rose to “50 over the course of the administration.” In fact, the Committee has learned from the RNC that at least 88 White House officials had RNC e-mail accounts.

… The RNC has preserved 140,216 e-mails sent or received by Karl Rove. Over half of these e-mails (75,374) were sent to or received from individuals using official “.gov” e-mail accounts. Other heavy users of RNC e-mail accounts include former White House Director of Political Affairs Sara Taylor (66,018 e-mails) and Deputy Director of Political Affairs Scott Jennings (35,198 e-mails). These e-mail accounts were used by White House officials for official purposes, such as communicating with federal agencies about federal appointments and policies.

… There has been extensive destruction of the e-mails of White House officials by the RNC. Of the 88 White House officials who received RNC e-mail accounts, the RNC has preserved no e-mails for 51 officials.

The Bush Administration has put more effort into the War on Transparent Government than it ever did into capturing or killing Osama Bin Laden.

Apparently, they’ve got a lot to hide.

UPDATE: MACSWAIN MAKES ROOKIE MISTAKE!!! I posted this before reading all of today’s posts and I see the ever-diligent Mr. M not only beat me to the story but beat me to the “big hands” punchline. My only saving grace is that M didn’t come up with the great flick of Perino.

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