Shorter Judge Kollar-Kotelly – Stop dicking around with your records, Dick (via The Washington Post):
A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction yesterday ordering Vice President Cheney and the National Archives to preserve all of his official records.
U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly’s order came in response to a lawsuit filed this month by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The group, joined by several historians and open-government advocates, warned that Cheney might destroy or withhold important documents as the Bush administration winds down if he interprets the Presidential Records Act of 1978 as applying to only some of his official papers.
Your Honor, if the Vice President invites you to bag pen-raised game birds, Just. Say. No.
Well, well, well. Here’s a surprise.*
In court filings, Claire M. O’Donnell, Cheney’s deputy chief of staff, offered a narrower definition of vice presidential records than the one in the law. She wrote that the statute applied to records relating to the “constitutional, statutory or other official or ceremonial duties” of the vice president that fall within “the category of functions of the Vice President specially assigned to the Vice President by the President in the discharge of executive duties and responsibilities” or “the category of the functions of the Vice President as President of the Senate.”
Look. I understand lawyers have to do all sorts of crappy things but I at least hope Ms. O’Donnell [Excellent seafood by the way†-ed.] had to bathe after she finished writing that one … Never mind.
*Did I mention it is Opposite Day?