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Document analyst -- UPDATE

Posted By on Fri, Apr 13, 2007 at 10:08 PM

A reader forwards this e-mail related to the Justice Department document dump we mentioned earlier. I haven't analyzed it. But I invite others with an interest in the subject to go to the documents, compare notes and see what you think:

Regarding the White House Attorney general story in Washington: in the mass of DOJ documents posted by the House Judiciary Comm. today I noticed that a number of e-mails sent to DOJ by the current U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Tim Griffin, were sent from a private e-mail account (griffinjag@comcast.net ). These are all from after his (now controversial) appointment in Dec. 2006. These are all from DOJ Document Set 3 (follow the link above):
 
Page 73. E-mail  regarding 2-7-07 meeting with Schumer staff: Tim Griffin sent the notice using a griffinjag@comcast.net e-mail. Doesn't appear he forwarded another message but probably copied & pasted it into the e-mail.


Page 85. Griffin using same Comcast account to contact Kyle Sampson.


Page 86. Griffin again on Comcast e-mailing Richard Hertling (Assistant Atty General). Upset about a Bud Cummins article in the Arkansas Gazette-Democrat.


There may be other examples in the document dump from today, I'm not certain.
 
I should think it'd be worth asking him why, after becoming a U.S attorney, he continued using a private e-mail account to contact the DOJ about matters related to DOJ practices. This is a practice now causing a scandal in DC and might be contrary to federal regulations.
 
I'm sure he has a very simple, straightforward explanation, but it sure would be nice to hear it.

So, Tim?

UPDATE: Stephens Media's Aaron Sadler dug deeper into the records and unearthed some Griffin talking points, including a note to emphasize his JAG corps experience (since debunked as much thinner than the White House has tried to portray it). Griffin also declined to do any further spinning when contacted by Sadler. Here's NY Times on this burgeoning scandal.

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