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SENATE MAJORITY LEADER Tom Daschle called Cheney’s stance “unfortunate.”
“The American people have a right to know what the facts are,” Daschle said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “I think the administration needs to open up, to be willing to be forthcoming with all the information regarding these circumstances.”

At issue are meetings Cheney or members of his energy task force held with officials of energy firms, including the now-collapsed Enron Corp., while the energy policy was being formed last year. Cheney spoke on the same day a New York Times/CBS News Poll showed a majority of Americans believe the administration is hiding something or lying about its dealings with Enron.

Cheney said his office already has given investigators numerous financial and other records.
What he won’t turn over, despite demands by investigators and Democratic members of Congress, is “a listing of everybody I meet with, of everything that was discussed, any advice that was received, notes and minutes of those meetings,” Cheney told “Fox News Sunday.”

“Now, that would be unprecedented in the sense that that’s not been done before. It’s unprecedented in the sense that it would make it virtually impossible for me to have confidential conversations with anybody,” he said.

“You just cannot accept that proposition without putting a chill over the ability of the president and vice president to receive unvarnished advice.”
David Walker, the head of the General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, has said he will decide next week whether to file a lawsuit to force the White House to turn over documents on the meetings.

Cheney said the GAO is a “creature of Congress” whose authority does not extend to the White House. “I’m a constitutional officer, and the authority of the GAO does not extend in that case to my office.”

Daschle suggested that Congress could take action

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