Cheney Power Grab: Says White House Rules Don’t Apply to Him
by Justin Rood
Vice President Dick Cheney has asserted his office is not a part of the executive branch of the U.S. government, and therefore not bound by a presidential order governing the protection of classified information by government agencies, according to a new letter from Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., to Cheney...
In pointed letters released today by Waxman, ISOO’s Leonard twice questioned Cheney’s office on its assertion it was exempt from the rules. He received no reply, but the vice president later tried to get rid of Leonard’s office entirely, according to Waxman.
Does Cheney actually think that the Vice-President's office is not part of the Executive Branch, but is some fourth branch of Government that isn't mentioned in the Constitution?
And how does that square with bizarre claim of executive privilege regarding his meetings with energy officials?