So he doesn't have to comply with executive secrecy rules; cut executive-branch funding for the VP's office On the other hand, let's not be hasty about this. After all, if Cheney's not in the Executive Branch he can't claim executive privilege. Surely you remember that infamous energy task force, the one where Mr. Cheney let his oil industry pals and their lobbyists come in and literally write their own rules? Cheney argued that the public had no right to information about the workings of that task force - because of executive privilege. Rahm Emanuel To Cheney: Please Get The Heck Out Of The White House "Today, we discovered that everything we learned in U.S. government class was wrong. Evidently, the Vice President does not consider himself a part of the executive branch, and therefore believes he can obstruct meaningful oversight and avoid being held accountable. If the Vice President truly believes he is not a part of the executive branch, he should return the salary the American taxpayers have been paying him since January 2001, and move out of the home for which they are footing the bill." A Vice President who's not in the Executive Branch can't withhold information from legislators under the separation of powers doctrine. In fact, here's an even better idea: Since he says he's fundamentally a member of the Senate, why not bring him up on Senatorial ethics charges? Let the investigations commence!