Thursday, June 21, 2007

Cheney: VP Not Part of Executive

Vice President Cheney is claiming the Vice President's office is not part of the Executive Branch of government, and thus exempt from procedures for safeguarding classified national security information. When the National Archives complained, Cheney's staff tried to close down the office looking for the records.
As described in a letter from Chairman Waxman to the Vice President, the National Archives protested the Vice President’s position in letters written in June 2006 and August 2006. When these letters were ignored, the National Archives wrote to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in January 2007 to seek a resolution of the impasse. The Vice President’s staff responded by seeking to abolish the agency within the Archives that is responsible for implementing the President’s executive order.

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