Thursday 5 September 2002

VEEP in Contempt of Energy Task Force Court

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, reported today that Vice President Cheney refused to produce documents pursuant to a federal court order in the ongoing Judicial Watch lawsuit concerning his Energy Task Force. Discovery responses were due from the Vice President yesterday per a court order, yet the Vice President, through Justice Department lawyers, filed a last minute motion for protective order seeking exemption from discovery on “constitutional grounds.” The Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan dismissed these very same arguments last month and ruled that discovery can proceed into the identities of Task Force participants, how the Task Force operated, and the role of the Vice President in the Task Force.

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