Doing Bush a Favor

Did the U.S. Archivist trade his signature for a job?

THERE MUST BE SOMETHING JUICY ON THE MORE than 4,000 White House computer tapes George Bush has fought so hard to control. In January a federal judge barred the White House from erasing the tapes and criticized Don Wilson, the Archivist of the U.S., saying he breached his legal duty by failing to ensure that the records were preserved. On the last night of the Administration, Wilson nonetheless signed a document giving Bush exclusive legal control of all presidential information on the tapes -- although under federal law, control of presidential material is supposed to remain with the government. At the...

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