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Waxman schedules hearing about missing White House e-mails

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Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has scheduled a hearing for Feb. 15…

Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has scheduled a hearing for Feb. 15 to investigate allegedly contradictory statements made by White House officials about missing e-mail records.

In a statement released Thursday evening, Waxman said:

At today’s White House press briefing, Deputy Press Secretary Tony Fratto was asked about allegations that White House e-mails have been lost from White House servers.  He stated in response:  “we have absolutely no reason to believe that any e-mails are missing.” 

This statement is contrary to information that the White House provided to the Committee staff in a briefing on September 19, 2007.  At this briefing, the White House showed staff a chart indicating that there were 473 days for which various entities in the Executive Office of the President had no archived e-mails.