The Corner

Re: Task Forces

An email: “If the GOP was demanding as a legal requirement that Clinton turn over all the meeting records, etc. from Hillary’s meetings, then yes, they were wrong.

“If the GOP was merely demanding that the records be turned over as a way of putting political pressure on the White House, but were not actually pursuing a court order or claiming it was a legal requirement, then that is just hard-ball politics and was fair game.

“I will say, however, that the scope of the two taskforces – energy policy vs. socialized medicine – makes whatever the GOP said back in 1993 much more understandable. Legal requirements aside, if Cheney’s taskforce had been coming up with, say, a plan for federalizing and completely redesigning the U.S. education system, then the White House would be harder pressed to justify not releasing most, if not all the records, court order or not.”

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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