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White House Counsel Alberto Gonzalez's Oct. 3, 2003 Memo to all
White House Employees About Deadline to Provide Documents to Counsel
On September 30, 2003, you received two memoranda from me directing
you to preserve and maintain certain documents. In a letter
received yesterday evening, the Department of Justice has requested
that we provide those documents to prosecutors and FBI agents
assigned to this investigation.
To ensure compliance with the time deadlines imposed by the
Department of Justice, you are directed to provide to the Counsel's
Office, by no later than 5 p.m. on October 7, 2003, copies of
the following documents, created during the time period February 1,
2002, through September 30, 2003, inclusive:
1. All documents that relate in any way to former U.S. Ambassador
Joseph C. Wilson, his trip to Niger in February 2002, or his wife's
purported relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency; and
2. All documents that relate in any way to a contact with any
member or representative of the news media about Joseph C. Wilson,
his trip to Niger in February 2002, or his wife's purported
relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency; and
3. All documents that relate in any way to a contact with any
or all of the following: reporters Knut Royce, Timothy M. Phelps,
or Robert D. Novak, or any individual(s) acting directly or
indirectly on behalf of them.
For purposes of this memorandum, the term "documents" includes
"without limitation all electronic records, telephone records of
any kind (including but not limited to any documents that memorialize
telephone calls having been made), correspondence, computer records,
storage devices, notes, memoranda, and diary and calendar entries"
in the possession of the Executive Office of the President, its
staff, or its employees, wherever located, including any documents
that may have been archived in Records Management. However, at
this time, you do not need to provide to Counsel's Office copies
of the following, provided that they have not been marked upon in
any way and are not accompanied by any notes or other commentary:
(a) press clips or articles, whether in hard copy or e-mail or
electronic form, or (b) either of the two memoranda I sent on
September 30, 2003, regarding document preservation.
You are also directed to complete and return the attached
Certification by 5 p.m. on October 7, 2003. Note that you must
complete the Certification whether or not you have responsive
documents. All documents and Certifications should be hand-delivered
to EEOB Room 214. Room 214 will be staffed from 2 p.m. to
8 p.m. today; from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday October 4 and
Sunday October 5; from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday October 6;
and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday October 7. Appropriate
procedures will be in place to handle classified documents.
If you have any questions, please call Associate Counsels
Ted Ullyot or Raul Yanes in the Counsel's Office.
ALBERTO R. GONZALES
COUNSEL TO THE PRESIDENT
(To be returned by no later than 5 p.m. on October 7, 2003)
I certify, to the best of my knowledge, that
____ I have produced to the Office of the Counsel to the President
all documents in my possession that are required to be produced
by the memorandum to which this Certification was attached.
____ I have no such documents.
I further understand that this Certification is for purposes
of a federal criminal investigation and that intentional false
statements may result in criminal penalties or other sanctions.
NAME (please print):
Note: The attorneys in the Office of the Counsel to the President are
attorneys for the President in his official capacity and are not
private attorneys for anyone. The attorney-client privilege does not
extend to communications by government employees to government
attorneys, including attorneys in the Office of the Counsel to the
President, when such communications are sought for a Federal criminal
All documents and Certifications should be hand-delivered to
EEOB Room 214
Document courtesy of Federation of American Scientists, appearing as part of collection
on White House Memos on Wilson/Plame Leak Investigation page.
Reprinted by Permission.