AP: Cheney Blocks Record of Visitors to His Residence
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