Cheney targeted for contempt

Cheney targeted for contempt

By Jon Bystrom, Staff Writer

A public interest law firm in Washington, D.C., Judicial Watch, has asked a federal court to cite Vice-President Richard Cheney for contempt.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered Cheney to furnish documents relating to the Energy Task Force as part of the lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch. The court order required Cheney to provide the names of task force participants, a description of how the group operated, and what part Cheney played in its function.

The vice-president has completely ignored the order. Instead of responding, Cheney, through Justice Department lawyers, asked the judge to reconsider his order, based on “constitutional” arguments that the judge had rejected three times, calling them “mischief” and a “problematic and unprecedented assertion…of executive power.”

Judicial Watch filed its lawsuit last year under the federal open meetings law after Cheney rebuffed its requests for information. Cheney and his task force later were sued by the Sierra Club as well. The club became a co-plaintiff in the Judicial Watch lawsuit.

Larry Klayman, chairman and general counsel of Judicial Watch, said: “The Vice-President is not yet ‘Emperor.’ He is not above the law and should obey court orders like every other American citizen. We are requesting sanctions and other relief for his flouting of a federal judge’s direct orders.”

A hearing on the issue is set for November 13 of this year.

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