Executive Privilege: It’s Not Just for the Bush Administration Anymore!
The New Mexico Independent’s Trip Jennings reports that Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) is getting in on some of that sweet, sweet executive privilege action:
The [New Mexico] Independent sought to view documents from the governor’s office from January through August 2006 that would have divulged with whom he had met in the months prior to the costly investment that benefited the son of the governor’s friend to the tune of millions of dollars.
But the governor’s office isn’t saying or allowing access to the documents. Its rationale: The governor’s calendars, datebooks and other documents that would shed light on his schedule are protected by executive privilege. [...]
The Independent’s goal was to see if Richardson had met with Marc Correra, the son of Anthony Correra, a Richardson friend, in the months prior to two state boards investing in $90 million with Vanderbilt Financial Trust. The state lost all $90 million in the investment. Correra is said to have been paid $2 million as a third-party marketer, a kind of middleman in the investment world.
In case you’ve forgotten, executive privilege is the legal principle that exists to ensure the quality of the advice some government officials (such as presidents or governors) receive by shielding advisers from being forced to testify about the advice they give. It was frequently cited by the Bush administration to prevent adviser Karl Rove and White House Counsel Harriet Miers from testifying before Congress on the firings of nine U.S. attorneys.
Richardson, a former Clinton administration official and presidential candidate, is currently embroiled in a federal pay-to-play investigation.
You can stay up to date on all the happenings in the Land of Enchantment over at The New Mexico Independent.