The issue at hand is Cheney's insistence that his office is exempt from an executive order issued by President Bush in 2003 requiring all federal agencies or "any other entity within the executive branch that comes into the possession of classified information" to report annually on its activities regarding the classification, safeguarding and declassification of national security information.Whoa. Here's his explanation, in part:
Cheney's office maintains that its dual executive and legislative duties (the vice president also serves as president of the Senate) make it uniquely exempt from such rules.Henry Waxman's delving into this one more deeply than Lieberman's tongue down GW's throat. He's written a letter:
"Your office may have the worst record in the executive branch for safeguarding classified information," Waxman wrote, noting the recent conviction of former vice presidential chief of staff I Lewis "Scooter" Libby for obstructing justice by lying about his role in disclosing the identity of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame.He goes on to ask questions; however, we all know how likely he is to get any answers...I mean other than a request to get intimate with himself. Go read the rest. It's from the always-excellent Dan Froomkin.