Lawsuit to Ask That Cheney's Papers Be Made Public
Government transparency advocates are suing to make sure Cheney's records are not destroyed and that the public has access to them. Cheney insists the Vice President is not part of the Executive Branch and not subject to these rules.
Months before the Bush administration ends, historians and open-government advocates are concerned that Vice President Cheney, who has long bristled at requirements to disclose his records, will destroy or withhold key documents that illustrate his role in forming U.S. policy for the past 7 1/2 years.
In a preemptive move, several of them have agreed to join the advocacy group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington in asking a federal judge to declare that Cheney's records are covered by the Presidential Records Act of 1978 and cannot be destroyed, taken or withheld without proper review.