Issa wants answers on White House’s Google ties

In the letter, Issa asked
Google’s federal director Michael Bradshaw to provide information by July 20 on
Google’s policy for retaining private e-mails, how long e-mails are retained by
a Gmail account, how Google would react if subpoenaed by a law enforcement
agency, and whether the White House or any federal agency has contacted the
company about the retention of e-mails sent by personnel. 

Issa raised concerns over
McLaughlin’s ties to Google in April and called for a hearing into the matter.
A hearing scheduled for June was later postponed. 

“The American people have a right to expect that White House
employees are working to advance the public interest and not the interests of
the lobby shops who formerly employed them,” Issa said in a letter at the time.
“The use of a Gmail account to communicate with lobbyists and evade
transparency laws is at odds with President Obama’s promises to limit the
influence of lobbyists.” 


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