August 3rd, 2012
05:51 PM ET
Washington (CNN) - House Republicans demanded on Friday that the Obama administration identify White House staffers’ personal e-mail addresses which may have been used to conduct government business, a request an Obama spokesman is calling “nakedly political.”
The request, from House Committee and Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, follows a congressional committee report earlier this week that found some senior White House officials had exchanged e-mails with lobbyists and other interested parties during the drafting of the health care law in 2010 using their personal email accounts.
Pursuant to the Presidential Records Act (PRA) and the Federal Records Act (FRA), such e-mails are required to either be exchanged on official White House accounts or be copied or forwarded to White House servers for historic preservation.
“The American people have a right to know that White House staff and federal officials are conducting the business of the government transparently and in accordance with record-keeping statutes,” Issa wrote in a letter to White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew.
Specifically, Issa is asking the White House to “produce a complete list of each White House official who has used a personal e-mail account to send or receive email covered by the PRA or FRA.” He is further asking the White House to identify and reproduce any personal e-mails that were not properly archived in White House servers.
White House spokesman Eric Schultz said that the White House Counsel is reviewing the letter but added, “[T]his is nothing more than a nakedly political, taxpayer-funded effort designed to serve partisan interests, over an issue which House Republicans have already conceded is not serious.”
August 3rd, 2012
07:57 AM ET
The president is in the White House all day but that doesn't mean he won't he talking about one of his favorite campaign issues..taxes. According to a White House release, President Obama will be joined in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building by middle class families who will be "affected if Republicans in Congress continue to hold their tax cuts hostage by insisting on massive tax cuts for the very wealthiest individuals." The President will once again call on Congress extend the "Bush-era" tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans and not to extend the tax cuts for the other 2 percent who make over $250,000 dollars a year.
No briefing scheduled for today.