Where are Bush’s emails?

October 13, 2016

Payton Potter

Features Editor | jpp017 @latech.edu




Hillary Clinton deleted some emails. If you did not already know that, I cannot imagine where you have been for the majority of the last two years. But that is okay, welcome to the 2016 election. You might be happier if you went back to wherever you were before reading this column.


For those of us who have heard of the scandal, however, we have heard more of it than we imagined possible. In fact, a Newsweek study found that the emails have been mentioned in over 560,000 news articles since March 2015. But some recent online browsing brought something interesting to my attention. The Clinton email debacle is not the first email scandal regarding an American politician.


According to an investigative report from Newsweek, the George W. Bush Administration lost or deleted 22 million emails stored on a Republican National Committee server between 2003 and 2005. The problem is that nobody is really sure what happened, despite the numerous subpoenas sent by the Senate Judiciary Committee.


In fact, when the judiciary committee subpoenaed the White House, Bush’s Attorney General refused to release the emails, claiming they were lost.


Regardless of what happened, I think the whole ordeal deserves more publicity. Not just because of the massive double standard we have seen in the 2016 election, but because the missing emails amass the time spent planning the invasion of Iraq, claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys for alleged political reasons.


As for Clinton’s deleted emails, the largest, yet unproven, allegation is that she knew in advance of attacks on Benghazi, Lybia. A FBI search on her recovered emails has, so far, proven inconclusive.


From what I can tell, Clinton’s emails are, at worst, a little embarrassing. An aide to Clinton called her daughter a “spoiled brat kid;” Clinton called a reporter an idiot. And I do not care.


What I do care about is Bush using a RNC server for official emails, and then misplacing 22 million emails he was legally required to release to the National Archives and Records Administration.


Although the Bush Administration claimed that the emails were lost as a result of a switch to a new server on Jan. 1, 2003, the Obama Administration uncovered these emails in 2009 and turned them over to the National Security Archive.


Once the emails were handed over, the archive settled its lawsuit against the Bush White House. Despite the settlement taking place in December 2009, the emails have not yet been made public.


So until I find out what the RNC was covering up in Bush’s lost emails, I do not want to hear another word about “Crooked Hillary” or her lost emails.


Payton Potter is a senior journalism major from Farmersville, Texas, who serves as  features editor for The Tech Talk.


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