Vice President Cheney exempted his office from the presidential order that establishes government-wide procedures for safeguarding classified national security information. The Vice President asserts that his office is not an “entity within the executive branch.”
Roll that around your skull for a second. The Vice President of the United States of America’s office is not an entity within the executive branch? Where does he think it goes? This hullabaloo is over the Cheney trying to circumnavigate rules about document retention and archiving, a fact that Committee Chairman Henry Waxman apparently fails to find teh funny given the history of leaks from the VP’s office and staff. The Gavel has the entirety of Waxman’s response which is pretty hi-larious.
But here’s my thought: If the Vice President’s office is not an entity within the executive branch, wouldn’t that mean he (and his staff) couldn’t claim executive privilege? Just think of all the fun, secretive stuff Cheney’s been doing since 2000 that, by his own reckoning, we should be able to subpoena! Huzzah! Dick Cheney has struck a blow for transparency!