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White House ordered to provide answers about missing e-mails

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On Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola gave the White House five business days to reveal whether copies of sought-after…

On Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola gave the White House five business days to reveal whether copies of sought-after e-mail messages from 2003 and 2005 are contained on computer backup tapes, AP reported.

"Do the back-ups contain the e-mails said to be missing?" Facciola asked in the four-page order.

In November, U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy ordered the White House to preserve copies of all its e-mail messages in response to two lawsuits, which are seeking to determine whether the Bush administration violated federal law by destroying other electronic communications.