On August 30, 2010, as part of a lawsuit CREW brought against the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the missing John Yoo emails, DOJ produced 927 pages of emails located in Mr. Yoo’s mailbox. While this production suggests DOJ finally may have located what it told the Office of Professional Responsibility several years ago was missing, it sheds no light on Mr. Yoo’s role in drafting the torture memos or, indeed, on anything Mr. Yoo may have done while at DOJ. Instead, the vast majority of these 927 pages consists of email traffic regarding Mr. Yoo’s frequent stints as a lecturer and the various and sundry articles he published while employed by DOJ. It seems that Mr. Yoo, while on the federal payroll, was busy expanding his credentials for the next job on which he had set his sights – a return to academia.
According to a cover letter accompanying the production, DOJ is withholding 147 documents in full and has 32 other documents in circulation with other entities for referral or consultation. With nothing to guide us on the subject matter or content of these additional documents, we still have no idea what real work Mr. Yoo did for the department or whether he preserved any of his emails dealing with agency business. But at least we know he was really busy speaking to Federalist Societies from coast to coast.
Click here to read the October 22 letter to CREW from Letter from Jacqueline Coleman Snead at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Click here to read the index of withheld documents.
Click here to read the letter to CREW’s Chief Counsel Anne Weismann from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Click here to read the emails from John Yoo.
Click here to read the documents CREW received in response to this request.