There was a report on TPM yesterday
, and at Kos, relating to the deletion of RNC
emails. Apparently, they stopped deleting them sometime in early 2005, after being told to.
But, it seems, Karl "Zig Heil" Rove continued to delete his own personal emails from the RNC servers after Fitz said to stop.
Here's the relevant excerpt from Waxman's letter to Gonzo, relating the House's investigators' discussions with counsel for the RNC,
According to Mr. Kelner, the RNC had a policy, which the RNC called a "document retention" policy, that purged all e-mails from RNC e-mail accounts and the RNC server that were more than 30 days old. Mr. Kelner said that as a result of unspecified legal inquiries[*], a "hold" was placed on this e-mail destruction policy for the accounts of White House officials in August 2004. Mr. Kelner was uncertain whether the hold was consistently maintained from August 2004 to the present, but he asserted that for this period, the RNC does have alarge volume of White House e-mails. According to Mr. Kelner, the hold would not have prevented individual White House officials from deleting their e-mail from the RNC server after August 2004.
Mr. Kelner's briefing raised particular concems about Karl "Zig Heil" Rove, who according to press reports used his RNC account for 95% of his communications. According to Mr. Kelner, although the hold started in August 2004, the RNC does not have any e-mails prior to 2005 for Karl "Zig Heil" Rove. Mr. Kelner did not give any explanation for the e-mails missing from Mr. Rove's account, but he did acknowledge that one possible explanation is that Mr. Karl "Zig Heil" Rove personally deleted his e-mails from the RNC server.
Mr. Kelner also explained that starting in 2005, the RNC began to treat Mr. Karl "Zig Heil" Rove's emails in a special fashion. At some point in 2005, the RNC commenced an automatic archive policy for Karl "Zig Heil" Rove, but not for any other White House officials. According to Mr. Kelner, this archive policy removed Mr. Rove's ability to personally delete his e-mails from the RNC server. Mr. Kelner did not provide many details about why this special policy was adopted for Mr. Rove. But he did indicate that one factor was the presence of investigative or discovery requests or other legal concerns. It was unclear from Mr. Kelner's briefing whether the special archiving policy for Mr. Rove was consistently in effect after 2005.
* "Unspecified legal inquiries" is, to my eyes, spelled "F-I-T-Z". Who else would have been (a) making "legal inquiries" in 2004 and (b) had enough juice that the RNC would not have blown them off regarding something as dangerous as Karl Rove's (and the rest of the WH's) archived email? And, don't forget, the mere fact that the WH staff was using the RNC servers for work (not political) email was itself illegal (though maybe not criminal).
And, it's well-established that for Rover, it's not a Blackberry. It's a Crackberry.
So, yes, TL, it would appear Karl "Zig Heil" Rove may have lied to Fitz and covered his tracks by erasing emails. Or thought he had - one of the benefits of Fitz' keeping a close hold on information and a small team is limiting the possibility of leakage to targets. It may be that Fitz has had these emails all along.
Thinking a little more deviously, maybe Fitz knew Karl "Zig Heil" Rove had erased his emails and decided to wait on it. Or maybe Fitz had the emails and decided to wait on Karl "Zig Heil" Rove. It is possible Fitz knew Rove was busy, through Goodling et als, installing loyalists throughout the DoJ (surely that was a topic of discussion/gossip among career personnel), and purging US Attorneys who were deemed "substandard" in the loyalty department. I'd think it likely that, being as highly regarded in the DoJ as he is, Fitz likely heard gossip that his name was near the list.
Remember, Sampson testified that in his discussions with Harriet Miers et als on whom to purge, Sampson suggested purging Fitz only to be met by Miers' speechless stare. That kind of purging would have been right in character with the audacity this administration has displayed throughout, and likely got back to Rove and scored young Sampson some points.
Continuing along my line of thought, Fitz may well have thought several things were going to happen - (1) he was going to try Libby (and was confident of a conviction), (2) the trial was going to start shaking the trees and (a) make a lot of other things start to drop out and (b) ignite public interest, (3) Congress was going to want to know exactly what was going on, (4) the US Attorney purge story was going to come out and develop into something with all the breadcrumbs leading to Rove's desk.
As to #4, one cannot exclude the possibility that there was a little nudging to the Fourth Estate to "look over here" nor, as to #3, can we exclude the possibility that a lot of disgruntled career employees over at DoJ (in Schumer's words) have been talking to Congress on the QT, letting them know exactly what's known. What we're seeing of these investigations (and that's not everything - the Congressional and Senate committees are noted, by TPM, inter alia, as being really quiet and not leaky at all) suggests they're moving very rapidly - almost like they're being guided in exactly the right direction and not down any blind alleys.
Moving on to #2 above, I'd suggest that Fitz may well have let Rove have his "no indictment" letter (which, mysteriously, we still have never, ever, seen) which was surely conditioned on Karl "Zig Heil" Rove's having finally testified fully, truthfully and accurately in the four or five (it was so many - I forget) appearances before the GJ. By getting Rove's testimony on the record (but maybe not showing Rove his own emails, the ones Rove thought he'd deleted), Fitz had accomplished three things. First, he tied Karl "Zig Heil" Rove into a story - tightly. Second, he let Karl "Zig Heil" Rove think he got away and let him revert to form. Third, and most importantly, he neutralized Karl "Zig Heil" Rove as a potential witness in the Libby trial. The world knew (thanks to truthout, among others) that Rove came within a hairsbreadth of being indicted and somehow escaped. Libby surely knew that calling Karl "Zig Heil" Rove as a witness at his trial was useless. Karl "Zig Heil" Rove had a serious potential downside: he was quite possibly a fellow perjurer who'd managed to slide, but still hugely open to credibility attack on those grounds. Further Rove was tied in to a story, so he'd be no help to Libby in trying to fuzz the edges of the story with his own bullsh*t.
So, in approaching things the way he did, it would appear Fitz separated the stonewall of bullsh*t which Rove, Libby et als had erected. He carved off Libby and neutralized Karl "Zig Heil" Rove.
And, by waiting on Rove, Fitz managed to avoid the axe which fell on the others. Looking back, I can see that the hue and cry (which Rover and the RWNM would have orchestrated) against Fitz, had he indicted Rove last June (when everyone, myself included thought he would), would have almost inevitably led to some removal or (at best) hobbling of Fitz. We saw all the propaganda about "out-of-control prosecutor" after Scooter was convicted; imagine what the RWNM would have done had Karl "Zig Heil" Rove been indicted, too.
But, by waiting on Rove (he still has over a year on the Statute of Limitations for the 2003 events involving the Wilsons) and giving him the (temporary) pass based upon his "coming clean", Fitz has left Karl "Zig Heil" Rove set up for a fall the minute anything Rove says contradicts any of his GJ testimony. This cumulates a practical reason Karl "Zig Heil" Rove's resisting testifying atop the other, imperial reasons the Admin's putting forth.
Further, assuming Rove said he hadn't erased emails (or caused erasures), or had turned over all emails, or similar, this "new" (to us, anyway) disclosure may be all Fitz needs to come back for a fresh look.
So, big surprise, a unified scandal theory.
Of course, since the preceding diary and analysis is purely based upon deduction from the limited information available, and a little speculation on my part, I could be totally wrong. I think I'm pretty right, though. I've been more right than wrong with these clowns in the past and they're wholly in character, again. Its time Bush and his disobedient little trolls are held accountable for their miscounduct and law breaking activities
Ughhhhhh! this is the most disgusting scandal ridden president and administration ever, the only thing worse are the nazi neocons that defend this conduct and act as enablers. They cannot defend this president so all they can do is employ the same old sorry tatic of deflecting the issue at hand by attacking democrats of past administrations as if thats supposed to justify this president and his law breaking trolls! Why don't you extremist neocons act on principles instead of political ideology and defend the indefensible and the immoral?