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Freeing Kagan's Emails

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 17 2010

Playbook points out that the Obama White House has put in a National Archives request:

The White House asked the National Archives yesterday to expedite release 160,000 pages of documents from Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s service in the Clinton White House from 1995 to 1999, first as associate counsel and then as deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council. The breakdown: 30,000 pages from the Counsel’s office, 50,000 pages from the Domestic Policy Council, 11,000 pages of e-mail sent by her (including any attachments), and all e-mail she received (approximately 68,000 pages).

Eleven thousand pages of emails from a four-year White House stint seems like a considerable number. That level of email familiarity might give a confirmed Kagan a unique perspective on cases involving digital privacy that might come before the court.