Regular Wizbang Blue readers will recall Larkin's post on Monday titled 'The Rogue State of Dick Cheney' :
...Cheney has asserted that his office is not bound by certain sections of a presidential executive order that seeks to protect national security information generated by the government. Under the order, offices of the executive branch are required to give the Information Security Oversight Office regular reports on how much material they classify and declassify. Cheney's office provided the information in 2001 and 2002, then stopped.
Basically, the argument they presented was that the Vice-President, who also serves as the president of the Senate, was not a member of the Executive branch and therefore President Bush's Executive Order of March 2003 didn't apply to Cheney. Well, after considerable posturing for a day or two the White House now admits that the Vice-President's interpretation of the matter is incorrect:
Dick Cheney's office is abandoning a justification for keeping the Vice-President's secret papers out of the hands of the National Archives.
Officials working for Cheney had tried to claim he is separate from the executive branch, but they will no longer pursue that defense, senior administration officials tell The Politico.
The White House was forced into flopping on this issue after Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), the #3 Democrat in the House, threatened to cut the Federal funding for the Vice-President's office. Nonetheless, Emanuel is still pursuing the matter:
Emanuel, who has scheduled a vote on Cheney's funding for Thursday, said the change makes it clear that the White House "told Cheney that he would have to come up with another excuse - that this was not sustainable in the public arena."
Emanuel said the vote is still planned, and said the new position means the vice president needs to comply with National Archives requirements.
This is one arrogant and disingenuous administration. Steve Crickmore replies via email -- "Damn it ... Vice-Speaker would have have looked good on him!". To me, Ex-Vice President looks even better.
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