Tuesday, April 29, 2008

CHENEY LAWYER CLAIMS CONGRESS HAS NO AUTHORITY OVER VICE PRESIDENT

GUARDIAN, UK The lawyer for US vice-president Dick Cheney claimed today that the Congress lacks any authority to examine his behaviour on the job. The exception claimed by Cheney's counsel came in response to requests from congressional Democrats that David Addington, the vice-president's chief of staff, testify about his involvement in the approval of interrogation tactics used at Guantanamo Bay. Ruling out voluntary cooperation by Addington, Cheney lawyer Kathryn Wheelbarger said Cheney's conduct is "not within the committee's power of inquiry". "Congress lacks the constitutional power to regulate by law what a vice-president communicates in the performance of the vice president's official duties, or what a vice president recommends that a president communicate," Wheelbarger wrote to senior aides on Capitol Hill.

2 Comments:

At April 29, 2008 6:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From what I've been able to gather, there is no force, human or divine that has any authority over Richard Cheney, Vice President.

 
At April 30, 2008 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight. When the Justice Department tries to subpoena information from Cheney, he can't provide it because as Chairman of the Senate he is part of the legislative branch and providing info to Justice would violate the separation of powers, and when Congress wants information from Cheney, he can't provide it because the Vice President is part of the executive branch and providing info to Congress would violate the separation of powers. Isn't it about time for the Supreme Court to make a definitive ruling on the subject of which branch the VP belongs to?

FoE

 

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