“Preserve All Materials”

“PRESERVE ALL MATERIALS”….For the record, here’s the full text of an email from White House counsel Alberto Gonzales to White House staff regarding the Justice Department’s investigation of the Plame affair:

PLEASE READ: Important Message From Counsel’s Office

We were informed last evening by the Department of Justice that it has opened an investigation into possible unauthorized disclosures concerning the identity of an undercover CIA employee.

The department advised us that it will be sending a letter today instructing us to preserve all materials that might be relevant to its investigation. Its letter will provide more specific instructions on the materials in which it is interested, and we will communicate those instructions directly to you.

In the meantime, you must preserve all materials that might in any way be related to the department’s investigation.

Any questions concerning this request should be directed to Associate Counsels Ted Ullyot or Raul Yanes in the counsel to the president’s office.

The president has directed full cooperation with this investigation.

At least it’s official now.