Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney admitted Monday that he and his team had destroyed official government records for purely political reasons.
WCVB-TV reported Friday that as Romney’s term as governor Massachusetts was ending, all of his administration’s emails were wiped from the servers. At the same time, eleven of his top aides purchased their computer hard drives for $65 each, and the remaining computers in the governor’s office were wiped clean as well.
After dodging questions about the matter over the weekend, the candidate finally confessed in an interview with the Nashua Telegraph Monday.
“Well, I think in government we should follow the law,” Romney said. “And there has never been an administration that has provided to the opposition research team, or to the public, electronic communications. So ours would have been the first.”
Romney is just one of current and former Republican governors who have deleted official electronic communications.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) office was forced to temporarily stop deleting emails in September after an enterprising Wisconsin blogger found a loophole in the Texas records retention laws. Until that point, the governor’s office had been deleting emails after seven days to avoid them from being viewed by the public.