A White House document shows that executives from big oil companies met with Vice President Cheney's energy task force in -- something long suspected by environmentalists but denied as recently as last week by industry officials testifying before Congress. Chevron was not named in the White House document, but the Government Accountability Office has found that Chevron was one of several companies that "gave detailed energy policy recommendations" to the task force. In addition, Cheney had a separate meeting with John Browne, BP's chief executive, according to a person familiar with the task force's work; that meeting is not noted in the document.
In the case, called Cheney vs. District Court for the District of Columbia, the vice president is urging the justices to block his adversaries from using the legal discovery process to get documents revealing the workings of the National Energy Policy Development Group, a task force Cheney headed three years ago. The Sierra Club and Judicial Watch charge that the Cheney task force included energy industry bigwigs as de facto members and therefore was subject to a law called the Federal Advisory Committee Act FACAwhich requires disclosure of the work of advisory groups that include non-federal employees.
The Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously ruled that there was no evidence that energy lobbyists were official participants in Cheney's private energy policy task force meetings, so its records do not have to be disclosed. The decision, which the anticorruption group Judicial Watch called a ''defeat for open government," means that the judicial branch will avoid the political nightmare of ordering the executive branch to produce records against its will. If that order had come, Cheney had vowed to invoke executive privilege, creating a constitutional separation-of-powers battle.
The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, told Cheney on Wednesday it wanted "full and complete access to records relating to the development of the administration's national energy policy. It was the first time the GAO had ever sent a demand letter to a vice president or president, according to the two Democratic lawmakers who asked for the probe, Reps. Weiss called the request "a fishing expedition" that would "chill the right to petition the government, a constitutional right.
Responding to a request from US Senate energy leaders, five multinational oil company executives who testified at a Nov. Four of the five also said their companies were not represented on the task force, formally known as the National Energy Policy Development Group. Mulva noted that a Nov.
View the discussion thread. Skip to main content. The Washington Post 's superb investigative series on Vice President Cheney 's behind-the-scenes role in this administration last week painted a fascinating picture.
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Admin Admin. However, the Supreme Court sent the case back to an appeals court for reconsideration under an open government law. Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group, and the Sierra Club, an environmental advocacy group, sued the government seeking the release of the papers under the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
An energy task force headed by Vice President Richard Cheney does not have to release its records under a federal disclosure law because groups comprised entirely of federal employees are exempt, a U. Court of Appeals in Washington, D. Barring further appeal, the decision may end a four-year battle for information access.