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Publication date: Nov. 15, 2006

JUDGE RULES THAT CHENEY VISITOR LOGS ARE PUBLIC INFORMATION

A federal district judge ruled that logs of who visited the office of Vice President Dick Cheney are public records subject to the Freedom of Information Act opening the way for a reprise of investigations into the influence of industry groups on White House projects like the Cheney energy task force.

The Washington Post had sought vice-presidential visitor logs. The Post "had asked for the Secret Service to 'expedite its processing' of the request based on an urgent need to inform the public about 'the degree to which lobbyists and special interest representatives may have influenced policy decisions of the Bush administration' and the ongoing CIA-leak case investigation prior to midterm elections," according to a story by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Despite U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina's granting of the Post's request for expedited processing, the Secret Service did not finish its review of the records and the public was not informed of their contents before the election.


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