She forgot to mention to crash the hard drives, set them on fire and toss them over a cliff into a volcano.
As Sharyl Attkisson reports, this is a clear case of ordering the deletion of a message that was not supposed to be deleted.
An email obtained by Congress shows the top official for Healthcare.gov at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under the Department of Health and Human Services, Marilyn Tavenner, instructed the agency’s top spokesman to “Please delete this email.”
The instruction appears significant for several reasons: First, the email to be deleted included an exchange between key White House officials and CMS officials. Second, the email was dated October 5, 2013, five days into the disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov. Third, federal law requires federal officials to retain copies of –not delete– email exchanges. And fourth, the document to be deleted is covered under Congressional subpoena as well as longstanding Freedom of Information requests made by members of the media (including me).
The email exchange seemed to involve problems with ObamaCare and was apparently being CCed to some high level people. Or as Obama likes to say, folks.
Those copied on the email exchange to be deleted include: Jeanne Lambrew, Obama’s Director of the White House Office of Health Reform…
Other names included on the email to be deleted are: White House Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, White House advisor on health care Christopher Jennings, and other HHS and CMS officials.
Those aren’t small timers. This isn’t just some minor technical exchange that didn’t matter. You don’t waste the time of people on that level if you don’t have something to say.