For Immediate Release

Major Victory in CREW’s White House Lawsuit– White House Ordered to Preserve All Materials Relevant to CREW’s Lawsuit

WASHINGTON - Today, Magistrate Judge John Facciola ordered the White House to search the entire Executive Office of the President (EOP) and the Office of Administration (OA) to collect and preserve all emails sent or received between March 2003 and October 2005. The order further directs the White House to collect and preserve all materials that could be relevant to CREW's lawsuit and prohibits their transfer to the Archives without the Court's permission. CREW sued EOP and OA over a year ago after learning that millions of emails had gone missing from White House servers.

Today's ruling was issued in response to CREW's request for a preservation order given the upcoming presidential transition and the expected transfer of these records to the National Archives. CREW's chief counsel Anne Weismann said, "We are gratified the Court recognized that unless these materials are preserved, the country faces the loss of historic records of national importance. Even once a new administration takes office, CREW will continue seeking to hold the Bush administration accountable for its role in the disappearance of the 14 million emails."

Read Judge Facciola's preservation order and opinion in the Related Documents section here.



This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do.

Share This Article

More in: