Alberto Gonzales and E-Mails: Is Silence Golden?

By Stephanie Francis Ward

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice released more than 3,000 pages of internal e-mails related to the firing of eight U.S. attorneys. And not one was from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. That’s because the nation’s top lawyer doesn’t communicate through e-mail, according to a Justice Department spokesman.

Other senior administration officials also avoid the “send” button. President Bush has acknowledged he does not use e-mail, and media reports say several of his cabinet members, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, follow that practice.

For more, see ABA Online Journal.


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