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.