Christy has given a lawyer's-eye view of Congressman Conyers' big subpoena of Alberto Gonzales (due date: one day before Gonzales' day of reckoning with Chuck Schumer). Like Christy, I'm particularly enticed by this paragraph:
I am asking, as I did in my most recent letter to Assistant Attorney General Hertling, for complete electronic information, including embedded data and metadata, responsive to our previous requests. This will include all document and data file productions, whether from word processing, spreadsheet, e-mail, or instant messaging applications, or from other electronic data repositories, all in native file format so that the metadata accompanies each electronic document or data file. This will give the Subcommittee access to any information that may be obscured in the printed documents previously provided to us.
Tantalizing, huh? Well, in addition to the subpoena, Conyers has made available all of the previous correspondence with DOJ, including the most recent letter to Richard Hertling. And that letter includes a more thorough description of what Conyers is after.
I need to see exactly when the lists for termination were developed and modified, who had input into those determinations and the reasons they ascribed to their recommendations, and when and who suggested the changing explanations for these decisions to the public and to our Committee.
Shorter John Conyers: we've just demonstrated that you keep changing your story. And we would like to know who was in charge of that changing story. He goes on:
I also need to see which individuals received blind carbon copies of e-mails, information which is not available on the e-mail printouts that you have provided.
In addition to their supersecret political dirty tricks server, have they been trying to hide something as mundane as the fact that Rove was party to all the discussions about how to
hide the fact they've been firing USAs to avoid criminal prosecution respond to Congress?
Then there's the suggestion that they've been vacuuming up the hard drives of those who have left:
All of these required data should include the computers and other records of the individuals who worked on this matter but have since left the Department or are on administrative leave, including but not limited to Mr. Sampson, Mr. Battle and Ms. Goodling.
This is actually one I think I can help with. Even in my review, I've seen evidence that Moschella turned over documents that included cc's to Elston, but which didn't show up in Elston's document dump. In other words, Elston didn't turn over as much as Moschella. And Goodling turned over still less. So I'm guessing, that there's a whole bunch of materials they tried to destroy as soon as Goodling took her pre-resignation leave of absence.
Finally, the bit you've all been waiting for:
Further, in light of recent disclosures revealing that key record custodians involved in the controversy utilized non-governmental email accounts to conduct official governmental business, the Committee urges the Department to image forensically the work stations, laptops, and/or other personal computers of key custodians at the White House likely to have material regarding the controversy surrounding the dismissals.
Now that would be a leak I'd like to see--the results of forensic imaging of Turdblossom's White House computer. It would make Nixon's tapes look like child's play.