Back in 2001, George W. Bush, who believes that American citizens have no right to privacy, signed Executive Order 13233, which seals Presidential Records in perpetuity, so that HE could have privacy for ever and ever, and receive as little scrutiny from the gods of History as possible.
The Order was drafted by then-White-House-Counsel Alberto Gonzales. It was one of the first things Bush did upon taking office, and should have set off alarm bells back then and warned America what sort of lunatic had just taken office, but it didn't.
Most people probably thought that Bush was trying to protect Poppy, whose greasy hands were all over Iran-Contra; but at this point, it's pretty obvious that he was trying to protect himself, since he was planning to do all sort of slimy crap from the moment he took office.
Before Bush signed the order, Presidential Records became public after 12 years. But Bush decided that 12 years wasn't long enough, and FOREVER sounded about right. As things are now, in the United States of America, you can't know what a President did unless he or his heirs approves the release of the information. Forever.
And last week, with very little fanfare, the House overwhelmingly voted to rescind this Stalinist piece of legislation. They passed H.R. 1255 by 333 to 93. Veto proof. That bill says that Executive Order 13233 "shall have no force or effect," and puts the original Presidential Records Act back into effect.
It is now moving to the Senate where (I hope) it passes easily.
And, although it hasn't been given much play in the news, I think there are few things more likely to cause Bush to throw a temper tantrum than the House and Senate doing away with that idiotic Executive Order. Telling Bush that he doesn't get to make his own rules and that he will be held accountable for his own actions is tailor- made to make the spoiled little boy furious.