…out on a limb?
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From The Gate:
Less than two months after Dick Cheney reversed course on the claim under a congressional threat and much ridicule, the vice president is once again severing himself from the executive branch of government — this time to defy a subpoena.
In June, Cheney’s lawyers whipped out a novel — and almost certainly wrong — claim that as the Senate’s tiebreaker, his office actually belongs in the legislative branch. At the time, he was resisting an executive order renewed by President Bush that their offices hand over reports on classified data to the National Archives. Red-faced officials eventually said they would back off of the bizarre claim.
But yesterday it resurfaced, in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy.
Asking for more time to produce documents related to a domestic surveillance program, Shannen Coffin, the VP’s counsel, writes that the “committee authorized the chairman to issue subpoenas to the Executive Office of the President and Department of Justice, but did not authorize issuance of a subpoena to the Office of the Vice President.”
Even more strangely, Coffin separates the VP’s functions between “executive” and “legislative.” What? Bush’s hand might occasionally brush against a piece of legislation. Sometimes, he will even sign such a thing. Does that make him part of the legislature? (….)
The simpler route, it seems, would have been to follow the crowd and reject the panel’s request for documents by citing executive privilege.