Turns out the report that Bush’s national guard records had been “inadvertently” destroyed was itself “inadvertently” incorrect. Only, the records that have turned up fail to place Bush at national guard service for the three months he’s defending himself from charges of having missed:

The Pentagon on Friday released newly discovered payroll records from President Bush’s 1972 service in the Alabama National Guard, though the records shed no new light on the future president’s activities during that summer. A Pentagon official said the earlier contention that the records were destroyed was an “inadvertent oversight.” Like records released earlier by the White House, these computerized payroll records show no indication Bush drilled with the Alabama unit during July, August and September of 1972. Pay records covering all of 1972, released previously, also indicated no guard service for Bush during those three months.

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