Last Tuesday, a White House spokesperson said that several emails that fall within the Senate Judiciary Committee's document requests appear to be lost [ABC report]. At least 21 White House staffers used email accounts provided by the Republican National Committee (RNC) [party website] to avoid liability under the Hatch Act [backgrounder], which prohibits the use of government resources for political purposes. Other laws, however, prohibit staffers from failing to preserve presidential records. The White House said Saturday that it would cooperate with the committee in choosing an independent consultant to recover lost administration emails [JURIST report]. AP has more.
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