Waxman requests e-mail from RNC servers

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) Wednesday requested e-mails from Republican National Committee servers that could help the panel in its investigation into whether administration officials used federal resources for political purposes.

Prior to recess, the committee held a hearing on a presentation White House Deputy Director of Political Affairs J. Scott Jennings gave to the General Services Administration (GSA). Following the event, GSA Administrator Lurita Doan asked her staff how the agency could help “our candidates,” Waxman said.

“Serious questions were raised at the hearing about the legality and propriety of Mr. Jennings’s presentation and the discussion that followed it,” Waxman said in a letter to RNC Chairman Mike Duncan. The congressman noted that the Congressional Research Service has found the event could be a violation of the Hatch Act.

Waxman said Jennings and his assistant used “gwb43.com” e-mail addresses to communicate with GSA.

“To assist the Committee in its investigation of these issues, I request that you provide any electronic messages sent or received by Karl Rove, J. Scott Jennings, or any other White House officials using accounts maintained by the RNC that relate to (1) the January 26, 2007, PowerPoint presentation at GSA, (2) the presentation of any similar political briefings at other federal agencies or to other federal employees, or (3) the use of federal agencies or resources to help Republican candidates,” Waxman said.