Hmmm....Richard Nixon had the 18½ minute gap on a critical Watergate tape. And when Alberto Gonzales was informed by the Justice Department that it would be launching an investigation into who leaked Valerie Plame's name, Gonzales waited 12 hours before notifying White House staff that they had to preserve all emails and other related documents in the Plame situation.
When Republicans get in trouble, important documents and information go missing.
Now, we learn that the Department of Homeland Security cannot find the transcript of a critical conference call that took place 5 hours after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, even though it has transcripts of other key discussions that were recorded before and after Katrina.
It seems that the particular conference call in question, took place at approximately 12 Noon on August 29, as the levees were being breached in New Orleans. And DHS cannot find any transcript of that call (what a shocker)!
The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, which is investigating the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina, wants the transcript of the conference call. They want to know who was on the call, and what was said.
Sadly, they may never know.