The head of the GAO says Cheney is lying about the details behind its lawsuit against him.
In an interview with National Review Online, Walker in essence accused Cheney of lying about the GAO's demands. "There have been material misrepresentations of facts coming out of the White House in recent weeks," he says. In particular, Walker points to a statement Cheney made in a television interview last Sunday. "They've demanded of me that I give Henry Waxman a listing of everybody I meet with," Cheney told Fox News, "of everything that was discussed, any advice that was received, notes and minutes of those meetings."
"That was a very critical and highly material misrepresentation," Walker says. "If we were asking for that, I'd understand where they are coming from. But we are not."
Indeed Walker is correct, although there is a little more to it than that. At one time, the GAO did ask Cheney specifically for notes and minutes, among other things. In a letter sent to Cheney last July 18, the GAO demanded "the following information with regard to each of [the task force] meetings: (a) the date and location, (b) any person present, including his or her name, title, and office or clients represented, (c) the purpose and agenda, (d) any information presented, (e) minutes or notes, and (f) how member of [the task force], group support staff, or others determined who would be invited to the meetings."
It was a wide-ranging request, and a month later Walker backed off the demand for notes and minutes. "Even though we are legally entitled to this information," Walker wrote to Cheney on August 17, "we are scaling back the records we are requesting to exclude these two items of information." While Cheney's recent comments on television gave the unmistakable impression that GAO is still demanding the notes and minutes, Walker wants to make it clear that the GAO is not. "There should be no confusion about that," he says.