Follow The Money? This Time Follow The E Mails

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In summary, Rove and the others have been using e-mail domain names that distance them from the Whitehouse e-mail system, which may be illegal.
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The RNC has been using e mail domain names that distance them from the Whitehouse e mail system. This Rovian trick may be illegal.

When I worked in the Clinton White House, people brought in their personal computers if they were engaged in any campaign work, but all official transactions had to be done within the White House system as stipulated by the Presidential Records Act of 1978. (The PRA requires that "the President shall take all such steps as may be necessary to assure that the activities, deliberations, decisions, and policies that reflect the performance of his constitutional, statutory, or other official or ceremonial duties are adequately documented and that such records are maintained as Presidential records.") Having forsaken the use of Executive Office of the President e-mail, executive privilege has been sacrificed. Moreover, Rove's and the others' practice may not be legal.

The revelation of the gwb43 e-mails illuminates the widespread exploitation of nongovernmental e-mail by Bush White House officials, which initially surfaced in the investigations and trial of convicted Republican super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Susan Ralston, Abramoff's former personal assistant and then executive assistant to Rove, who served as the liaison between the two men in their constant dealings, used "" and "" e-mail accounts to communicate with Abramoff between 2001 and 2003. In one of her e-mails, Ralston cautioned that "it is better to not put this stuff in writing in [the White House] ... email system because it might actually limit what they can do to help us, especially since there could be lawsuits, etc." Abramoff replied: "Dammit. It was sent to Susan on her rnc pager and was not supposed to go into the WH system."
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What does "Follow The Money" mean?

"Follow The Money" is an idiom that means to investigate financial records in order to find the truth or uncover corruption. It originated in the 1976 film "All the President's Men" about the Watergate scandal.

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What is the significance of adding "This Time Follow The E Mails" to the phrase?

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