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AP: Cheney Blocks Record of Visitors to His Residence

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/30/washington/30cheney.html May 30, 2007 Cheney Blocks Record of Visitors to His Residence By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON,
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      http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/30/washington/30cheney.html

      May 30, 2007
      Cheney Blocks Record of Visitors to His Residence
      By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

      WASHINGTON, May 29 (AP) — A lawyer for Vice President Dick Cheney told
      the Secret Service last September to eliminate information on who
      visited him at his official residence, a newly disclosed letter states.

      The Sept. 13 letter from Mr. Cheney's lawyer says logs for his
      residence on the grounds of the Naval Observatory are subject to the
      Presidential Records Act. Such a designation prevents the public from
      learning who visited the vice president.

      The Justice Department filed the letter Friday as part of a lawsuit
      brought by a private group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in
      Washington, that is seeking the identities of conservative religious
      leaders who visited Mr. Cheney at his official residence.

      The letter is accompanied by an 18-page Secret Service document
      revealing that the agency's longstanding practice has been to destroy
      printed daily lists of visitors to the residence.

      Separately, the agency says it has given Mr. Cheney's office
      handwritten logs of who visits him at his personal residence.

      Because of pending lawsuits, the Secret Service says it is now keeping
      copies of all material on visitors to Mr. Cheney's residence.
      According to the Secret Service document, Mr. Cheney's office has
      approved the agency's retention of the records, while saying they are
      presidential records subject to Mr. Cheney's control.

      The vice president's lawyer wrote the letter when The Washington Post
      was seeking copies of information about Mr. Cheney's visitors at his
      residence. The Post requested the records under the Freedom of
      Information Act; it subsequently dropped a lawsuit seeking the
      information.
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