Cheney claims power to decide his public records

Dick Cheney's lawyers are asserting that the vice president alone has the authority to determine which records, if any, from his tenure will be handed over to the National Archives when he leaves office in January.

That claim is in federal court documents asking that a lawsuit over the records be dismissed. Cheney leaves office Jan. 20, potentially taking with him millions of records that might otherwise become public record.

"The vice president alone may determine what constitutes vice presidential records or personal records, how his records will be created, maintained, managed and disposed, and are all actions that are committed to his discretion by law," according to a court filing by Cheney's office with the U.S. District Court on Dec. 8.


some public servant

There is a concern about personal vs. public correspondence. I imagine he has all sorts of private correspondence with relatives and friends that he would not want released.

But, he is being an arrogant ass. An archivist or someone else can easily determine which is which and not spill the beans on personal information.

Well, either this gambit works or he's sharing a seat in hell with Sprio Agnew.

I agree. The job should be done by a team of archivists... not Cheney.

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