Fighting to their last, the Bush Administration won a victory in their ongoing obfuscation over Dick Cheney’s White House papers, even as Cheney himself injured his back moving boxes of papers into his Virginia home.
The White House has variously claimed Cheney was uncovered by laws requiring document preservation, or even wasn’t part of the executive branch. A judge found Cheney is covered by the law, but gave him the benefit of the doubt despite the cumulative behavior pattern, and will not order him to preserve his papers.
Dick Cheney, everyone’s Uncle Shifty, continues his lunge for power and secrecy even as he goes out the door.
In a court filing over a challenge to his control of Vice Presidential papers, Cheney essentially says that regardless of what you may imagine about the claims of history, a public right to know, or what the law would appear to require,
Cheney is under court order not to mess with his papers for now, but can the law’s imagination comprehend what such a towering institutional ego might do as he exits?