White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Cheney is not obligated to submit to oversight by an office that safeguards classified information, as other members and parts of the executive branch are. Cheney's office has contended that it does not have to comply because the vice president serves as president of the Senate, which means that his office is not an "entity within the executive branch."
"This is a little bit of a nonissue," Perino said at a briefing dominated by the issue. Cheney is not subject to the executive order, she said, "because the president gets to decide whether or not he should be treated separately, and he's decided that he should."Washington Post, June 24, 2007
The Czar is right now in the process of updating the executive order on the issue of oversight of classified information and tips his hand by saying he never meant to include Rasputin, er, sorry, Mr. Cheney.
or, did Mr. Cheney back Mr. Bush into a corner on this one?
or do we have a rogue entity in the executive branch?