Following-up on the hearings last week, which revealed details of a GOP 2008 congressional election strategy presentation shown at GSA headquarters in January, the House's most ferocious investigator, Henry Waxman, has two more leads to pursue.
First, it was revealed that those involved in the logistics of the presentation worked in the White House political office (Karl Rove's world). But instead of using their 'whitehouse.gov' email accounts, they used the gb43.com account, which is owned by the RNC. So assuming the RNC email servers are up to industry standards, they should have these emails available to give to the committee. Hell, even if the weasels used Gmail accounts, I would think Waxman would try to get a warrant to send the FBI to Google. Note to the NSA - that's a warrant. Waxman is an SOB, but he plays by the rules.
Second, the sheer resistance and squirming by Lurita A. Doan has only perked Waxman's interest. If a PowerPoint presentation made its way to a GSA conference room, and the GSA is a relatively unknown agency (unless you're savvy like me, and you have checked their used car sales page in the past), then in what other agencies was this presentation shown, if any?
There will be plenty more to follow. In the meantime, this is what I wrote to Ms. Doan last week:
Subject: Less than a year on the job...
...and you were intimately involved in at least two GSA scandals? What is it with you Republicans that you think you can get away with these infractions? I’m glad Henry Waxman caught onto you, and I hope the Department of Justice investigates you. You would be a worthy addition to a Federal prison.
From this morning's Washington Post:
Waxman Seeks RNC E-Mail on Use of Federal Resources
By R. Jeffrey Smith
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, April 5, 2007; A06
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) told the Republican National Committee yesterday to turn over copies of any electronic messages from White House officials that relate to the use of federal resources or agencies for partisan Republican purposes.
Waxman's broadly worded request came a week after he asked the RNC and the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign to retain copies of e-mails being sent by White House officials via Republican Party e-mail accounts, a practice that surfaced in the course of the Democrats' probe into the administration's decision to fire eight U.S. attorneys.
Several deputies to senior White House adviser Karl Rove used such e-mail accounts to discuss the firings, and Waxman said that made the messages official government documents subject to his committee's jurisdiction.
Waxman's letter said he is particularly seeking documents relevant to his investigation of possible misconduct at the General Services Administration, where one of Rove's deputies briefed several dozen senior political appointees in January about key congressional seats that the party hopes to win or retain in the 2008 elections.
After the presentation, GSA officials told congressional investigators, GSA Administrator Lurita A. Doan asked how the agency's resources could be used to help "our candidates" in the election. Doan has said she does not recall the episode, which is now being investigated by the Office of Special Counsel, an independent agency that enforces prohibitions on improper political conduct by government employees.
Waxman said Doan's statement had provoked his interest in learning more about how the political briefing was organized and whether it was given to other government officials.
He asked that the messages be turned over by April 18.
A spokeswoman for the RNC, Tracey Schmitt, said, "We have received the letter and will be in touch with the committee as appropriate."