A Secretary Testifies

At the center of the controversy over missing White House e-mails is a woman who used to be one of the most powerful secretaries in the world. Susan Ralston, 39, managed the business of superlobbyist Jack Abramoff before he fell, then moved to the White House, where she oversaw the 60-man operation of political honcho Karl Rove. Ralston stepped down from the Rove job last October after the House reported that she had accepted tickets to sports events from Abramoff, apparently without reimbursing him, in violation of White House policy. By then she had already been talking to investigators about both...

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