Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon says he's planning an independent investigation of Governor Matt Blunt's e-mail retention practices.
Blunt acknowledged in recent weeks that administration officials
delete some internal office e-mails. A former staff attorney has
said he was fired for offering legal advice on e-mail retention
that contradicted actions by the governor and senior advisers.
Before Nixon's announcement, Blunt announced plans for a
permanent e-mail retention system for state offices that he says goes beyond legal requirements.
Blunt suggested politics are behind Nixon's investigation. Nixon
is a Democrat and plans to challenge Blunt in the 2008 governor's race.
Nixon appointed C.E. Fisher to head his investigation. Fisher supervised the Highway Patrol for four years and also was executive director of the Missouri Gaming Commission.