Washington Babylon — June 28, 2010, 9:40 am

From “The More Things Change” File

From Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington:

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) asked [Congress] to investigate and hold hearings on the extent to which White House staff violated the Presidential Records Act and Federal Records Act by using private email accounts in exchanges with lobbyists and by holding meetings with lobbyists outside of the White House.

CREW has been involved in litigation against the Bush and Obama White Houses concerning both the preservation of electronic records and White House visitor logs.

CREW’s letter follows a June 25, 2010 New York Times article revealing that White House staff routinely use their personal email accounts rather than their official White House accounts to communicate with lobbyists to avoid any public scrutiny of this correspondence.

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