Update: Justice Department lawyer says missing emails may have been found
Hours after a District Court judge ordered employees of the president’s executive office to search for missing White House emails from 2003-05, a Justice Department lawyer disclosed that a successful search for the emails has already been concluded.
The Washington Post reported on Thursday that Helen H. Hong had stated at a court hearing that “private contractors had helped find the e-mails by searching through an estimated 60,000 tapes that contain daily recordings of the entire contents of the White House computers as a precaution against an electronic disaster.”
The judge’s order came in response to a lawsuit by two watchdog groups. Anne Weisman, the counsel for one of those groups, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, responded to the Justice Department announcement by saying, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” She noted that officials have not described the procedures used to recover the emails and that she hoped their results could be verified by an independent expert.