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Cheney Won't Turn Over Energy Papers

Sunday, 27 January 2002 12:00 AM

The General Accounting Office has been seeking more information about contacts between industry officials and the Bush administration's energy task force, headed by Cheney.

Cheney told the "Fox News Sunday" program the long-standing debate with the GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, was being revised by Democrats hoping to capitalize on the fall of Enron.

"Now what's happened is we've come back around, as a result of the Enron corporate collapse, some Democrats on the Hill are trying to re-energize this and try to turn it into some kind of political debate," he said.

"The fact is, Enron didn't get any special deals," he added on ABC's "This Week" program.

Cheney said the dispute involved investigators' requests for "a listing of everybody I meet with, of everything that was discussed any advice that was received, notes and minutes of those meetings." The vice president said the GAO requests were made at the urging of congressional Democrats.

Cheney argued that turning over the documents would also make it virtually impossible for him to have confidential conversations, and would "weaken the presidency and the vice presidency." Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle said Cheney's decision was "unfortunate."

"It may bet a matter of principle, but it's also a matter of law," Daschle, D-S.D., told CBS' "Face the Nation."

The Bush administration's energy plan released in May called for more oil and gas drilling. The White House recently revealed that Cheney or the energy task force met six times last year with Enron officials, but declined to provide details on how the administration's policy was designed.

"I can assure you they are not hiding anything," Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., told CBS.

On Dec. 2, Houston-based Enron filed the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.

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