I’m sure you’ve already seen the story somewhere. Here’s the AP version. Here’s one from Reuters. Here’s coverage at Firedoglake, Atrios, TPM (with a copy of the actual letter from Conyers), CNN, and the WSJ Law Blog. Oh, wait. The WSJ law blog has entirely failed to cover the story today. I guess they must have knocked off to go play 18 holes before the news came out. Perhaps they’ll get around to it tomorrow.
Of course the most exciting bit has not yet been widely reported… but that did not stop the erudite and indefatigable emptywheel from catching it in the other material that Conyers released today. To wit:
[I]n light of recent disclosures revealing that key record custodians involved in the controversy utilized non-governmental email accounts to conduct official governmental business, the Committee urges the Department to image forensically the work stations, laptops, and/or other personal computers of key custodians at the White House likely to have material regarding the controversy surrounding the dismissals.
This says, in effect, “We know you’ve been breaking the law by using outside email accounts. It might have worked if you could have kept it a secret, but it’s not going to save you now. If you don’t claim executive privilege, you have to give us the emails. And you CAN’T claim privilege, because the outside communication ITSELF is illegal, and executive privilege does not excuse an illegal act (Remember Watergate? Ask Dick Cheney, I’m sure he knows what we’re talking about). Nice try. Now hand over the tapes.”
Conyers wants the gwb43.com emails. And the RNC.com emails, and all of Susan Ralston’s AOL email, and any mail at any other address that Rove and his henchmen have been using to provide cover for their various criminal conspiracies. It’s only April 10. Democrats have only held the Congress for four months. They’ve already identified the one thread that will tie together all of the bribery, scandals, and cover-ups.
This is going to be an ugly summer to be part of the Bush administration.