On June 16, 2008, a judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) seeking access to email records from the White House Office of Administration (OA) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The court held that the OA "is not an agency subject to the FOIA," even though OA had complied with such requests prior to August 2007. CREW brought the lawsuit in May 2007 to gain access to information regarding potential lost emails at the Executive Office of the President. The issue of missing emails had been an ongoing controversy throughout the Bush administration, arising first during the CIA leak investigation and then again during the US Attorney firing scandal.
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