Text of White House Counsel's Message to Staffers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Text of an e-mail to White House staff Tuesday from counsel Alberto R. Gonzales about the Justice Department's investigation about the leak of a CIA officer's identity:
PLEASE READ: Important Message From Counsel's Office
We were informed last evening by the Department of Justice that it has opened an investigation into possible unauthorized disclosures concerning the identity of an undercover CIA employee.
The department advised us that it will be sending a letter today instructing us to preserve all materials that might be relevant to its investigation. Its letter will provide more specific instructions on the materials in which it is interested, and we will communicate those instructions directly to you.
In the meantime, you must preserve all materials that might in any way be related to the department's investigation.
Any questions concerning this request should be directed to Associate Counsels
Ted Ullyot or Raul Yanes in the counsel to the president's office.
The president has directed full cooperation with this investigation.Alberto R. Gonzales Counsel to the President _______________________________________________________________________ [September 30, 2003] The following notice was sent to all White House employees: IMPORTANT FOLLOW-UP MESSAGE FROM COUNSEL'S OFFICE This communication is a follow-up to the directive I sent you this morning regarding the preservation of certain materials in the possession of the White House, its staff, or its employees. Pursuant to a request from the Department of Justice, I am instructing you to preserve and maintain the following: �[F]or the time period February 1, 2002 to the present, all documents, including without limitation all electronic records, telephone records of any kind (including but not limited to any records that memorialize telephone calls having been made), correspondence, computer records, storage devices, notes, memoranda, and diary and calendar entries, that relate in any way to: 1. Former U.S. Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, his trip to Niger in February 2002, and/or his wife�s purported relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency; 2. Contacts with any member or representative of the news media about Joseph C. Wilson, his trip to Niger in February 2002, and/or his wife�s purported relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency; and 3. Contacts with reporters Knut Royce, Timothy M. Phelps, or Robert D. Novak, or any individual(s) acting directly or indirectly, on behalf of these reporters.� You must preserve all documents relating, in any way, directly or indirectly, to these subjects, even if there would be a question whether the document would be a presidential or federal record or even if its destruction might otherwise be permitted. If you have any questions regarding any of the foregoing, please contact Associate Counsels Ted Ullyot or Raul Yanes in the Counsel to the President�s Office. Alberto R. Gonzales Counsel to the President _______________________________________________________________________ [October 3, 2003] The following notice was sent to all White House employees: On September 30, 2003, you received two memoranda from me directing you to preserve and maintain certain documents. In a letter received yesterday evening, the Department of Justice has requested that we provide those documents to prosecutors and FBI agents assigned to this investigation. To ensure compliance with the time deadlines imposed by the Department of Justice, you are directed to provide to the Counsel's Office, by no later than 5 p.m. on October 7, 2003, copies of the following documents, created during the time period February 1, 2002, through September 30, 2003, inclusive: 1. All documents that relate in any way to former U.S. Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, his trip to Niger in February 2002, or his wife's purported relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency; and 2. All documents that relate in any way to a contact with any member or representative of the news media about Joseph C. Wilson, his trip to Niger in February 2002, or his wife's purported relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency; and 3. All documents that relate in any way to a contact with any or all of the following: reporters Knut Royce, Timothy M. Phelps, or Robert D. Novak, or any individual(s) acting directly or indirectly on behalf of them. For purposes of this memorandum, the term "documents" includes "without limitation all electronic records, telephone records of any kind (including but not limited to any documents that memorialize telephone calls having been made), correspondence, computer records, storage devices, notes, memoranda, and diary and calendar entries" in the possession of the Executive Office of the President, its staff, or its employees, wherever located, including any documents that may have been archived in Records Management. However, at this time, you do not need to provide to Counsel's Office copies of the following, provided that they have not been marked upon in any way and are not accompanied by any notes or other commentary: (a) press clips or articles, whether in hard copy or e-mail or electronic form, or (b) either of the two memoranda I sent on September 30, 2003, regarding document preservation. You are also directed to complete and return the attached Certification by 5 p.m. on October 7, 2003. Note that you must complete the Certification whether or not you have responsive documents. All documents and Certifications should be hand-delivered to EEOB Room 214. Room 214 will be staffed from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. today; from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday October 4 and Sunday October 5; from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday October 6; and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday October 7. Appropriate procedures will be in place to handle classified documents. If you have any questions, please call Associate Counsels Ted Ullyot or Raul Yanes in the Counsel's Office. ALBERTO R. GONZALES COUNSEL TO THE PRESIDENT CERTIFICATION (To be returned by no later than 5 p.m. on October 7, 2003) I certify, to the best of my knowledge, that ____ I have produced to the Office of the Counsel to the President all documents in my possession that are required to be produced by the memorandum to which this Certification was attached. ____ I have no such documents. I further understand that this Certification is for purposes of a federal criminal investigation and that intentional false statements may result in criminal penalties or other sanctions. NAME (please print): SIGNATURE: DATE: OFFICE: PHONE NUMBER: Note: The attorneys in the Office of the Counsel to the President are attorneys for the President in his official capacity and are not private attorneys for anyone. The attorney-client privilege does not extend to communications by government employees to government attorneys, including attorneys in the Office of the Counsel to the President, when such communications are sought for a Federal criminal investigation. All documents and Certifications should be hand-delivered to EEOB Room 214 _______________________________________________________________________ [October 7, 2003] The following memo was sent to all White House employees: IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF On October 3, 2003, every employee in the Executive Office of the President received instructions from Counsel's office about obligations to search for and provide documents that may be related to the Justice Department's investigation. Employees are to deliver all such documents -- or a certification that they have no documents -- to Room 214 in the EEOB by no later than 5 pm today. Copies of the October 3 instructions from the Counsel's Office and the accompanying certification form are attached. The President has made clear how important it is to him that everyone should comply with this request. The sooner we complete the search and delivery of documents, the sooner the Justice Department can complete its inquiry -- and the sooner we can all return our full attention to doing the work of the people that the President has entrusted to us. I expect each and every employee to do what it takes as a professional to comply by the deadline, and I expect the senior staff at the White House to make sure those under your supervision are thorough, diligent, and timely in this effort. Counsel's office is available to answer any questions you might have, and will be staffing Room 214 until 5 pm tonight to receive documents. The level of cooperation has been outstanding. Thank you - especially to those who have already complied with the above mentioned request. Andrew H. Card White House Chief of Staff
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