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Justice: White House Administration Office Not Subject to FOIA

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The Justice Department said in a legal briefing that information about missing White House e-mails does not have to be publicly disclosed because the Office of Administration is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act. That statement comes despite the fact that the office has regularly responded to FOIA requests, answering 65 of 67 it received in the 2006 fiscal year, and listed itself as subject to the Act. The Justice statement came in response to a suit filed by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which seeks records on at least five million e-mails from March 2003 to October 2005 that are missing. (8/22/07)