Bush Aide Addresses Missing RNC E-Mails
At Senate Hearing, Jennings Is Silent on U.S. Attorneys’ Firings; Rove Is Absent
washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
Friday, August 3, 2007; Page A02
J. Scott Jennings, 29, the deputy political director for the White House, refused to address the firings but tried to explain how thousands — or possibly millions — of White House e-mails to and from the political office were transmitted only through communications accounts controlled by the Republican National Committee.
Jennings offered a stripped-down explanation: He wanted a White House-supplied BlackBerry and was told no, and so he got one from the RNC, as many other political affairs aides had done. “I was receiving a lot of e-mail on my official account. And I requested [a BlackBerry] at that moment, and I was told that it wasn’t the custom to give political affairs staffers those devices,” Jennings said.
Well, there you have it. There’s no withholding of evidentiary e-mails, no avoidance on the part of Karl Rove to play it straight with Congress and the American public, no deep dark conspiracy– it’s just that in the hundreds of billions expended on Iraq, there wasn’t anything left for Blackberrys. Who knew?