Big news! The White House was given a 12-hour warning to shred documents!
Frank Rich remembered the story:
As White House counsel, [Gonzales] was the one first notified that the Justice Department, at the request of the C.I.A., had opened an investigation into the outing of Joseph Wilson’s wife. That notification came at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 29, 2003, but it took Mr. Gonzales 12 more hours to inform the White House staff that it must “preserve all materials” relevant to the investigation.
On Face the Nation, Bob Schieffer asked Gonzales who he told. Crooks and Liars has the video.
TalkLeft has the questions. Huffington Post has the commentary.
White House counsel Alberto Gonzales was told by the Justice Department to ask everyone in the White House to preserve all documents and materials related to the leak of a CIA agent. Gonzales called White House Chief of Staff and warned him that in 12 hours all staff members would be asked to preserve document. This gave the White House a 12-hour opportunity to shred and destroy anything they could find that might cause trouble.