Notes: Vice President Dick Cheney has refused to turn over information concerning meetings he had with energy leaders last year as chairman of the Energy Commission. The Government Accounting Office -- the investigative arm of Congress that's looking into the collapse of Enron -- has announced that it will sue Cheney to get his records.

Though a political issue, many conservatives ranging from Republicans to talk-show host Bill O'Reilly are calling for him to give over the records. O'Reilly says that the records in the end belong to the people and as such, we have a right to see them. Many Republican Congressmen are worried that Cheney's stonewalling makes it look like he's hiding something. Remember, a lesson of Watergate is that the cover-up can look worse that what took place.

According to the Associated Press, on Thursday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that "then-Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay gave Cheney a three-page document last April detailing the energy trading company's arguments against price caps or other measures to stabilize electricity prices in California." Lay has disclosed that he passed on a list of names he recommended for the commission, at least some of which were put on it.

Democratic alchemists are trying to make elective hay out Enron energy. They
are using the GAO lawsuit because as the minority party in the House of Representatives they didn't believe they could muster the needed votes for subpoenas for the records. Cheney's lawyers, interestingly are not claiming executive privilege, but instead that the GAO lacks jurisdiction to file a suit against the vice president.

In a low point for Republican spin, White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer likened the energy commission's work to the secret drafting of the country's constitution. Give me a break.
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