In response to Ramesh’s question respecting Cheney, I don’t see that there is any legitimate legal issue. At best, it’s a policy issue. Ultimately, the president decides how he wishes to enforce a presidential order, or to whom it applies. I suppose the president could withdraw the order (originally signed by Clinton) or modify it to explicitly exempt the vice president’s office (and his own), which would formalize his position. But aside from the PR and policy issues, I just don’t see the legal issue. And while Waxman, et al, are having a good time with this, I don’t see what role Congress has since there is no statute at issue (at least that’s not the basis of the “controversy”). The president is not bound to follow the demands of an inferior executive branch office allegedly trying to carry out the president’s own order. That’s my take on it anyway.