Henry Waxman’s Busy Day

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform subpoenas the RNC.

The subpoena for the Republican National Committee comes in Waxman’s probe of whether Bush administration officials — including the president’s chief political strategist, Karl Rove — have attempted to circumvent the Presidential Records Act, a post-Watergate law designed to preserve White House records, by using RNC e-mail accounts to conduct government business.

Congressional investigators uncovered the use of the RNC e-mail addresses by White House staffers as they looked into the role of politics in the firing of eight U.S. attorneys. The subpoena gives the RNC two weeks to produce a list of the estimated 50 to 60 White House officials who have held RNC e-mail accounts.

It also asks RNC Chairman Robert M. “Mike” Duncan to appear before the congressional committee.