A US federal judge has ordered the White House to preserve backup computer tapes of all its e-mail due to pending litigation over missing messages, a group involved in the lawsuit announced.
District Judge Henry Kennedy issued the formal order on Monday, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a private pressure group, said in a statement.
The White House said the order was unecessary because its administrative office already has backup tapes, and was preserving all e-mail messages, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.
The lawsuit seeks to find whether millions of e-mail messages sent and received by White House officials between March 2003 and October 2005 have been lost, in violation of federal law.
The lawsuit includes another private group, the National Security Archives.
The plaintiffs believe that some of the lost e-mails may be related to, among other things, former attorney general Alberto Gonzales's controversial decision to fire nine US attorneys, allegedly for political reasons. The scandal led to Gonzales's resignation in August
Oh please..no one really knows why in the blue hell Berto finally stepped down as AG. There isn't enough time in the day to name all the bullshit he has pulled and/or is guilty of. But lets see how King George deals with this after he tosses a hissy fit about it first and bitches about 'activist judges'.