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Former Enron Chief’s Indictment Raises More Questions About Energy Task Force

Judicial Watch Urges Bush Administration To Release Documents From Vice President’s Energy Task Force

(Washington, D.C.) Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, again called on the Bush administration to release documents from the Energy Task Force in the wake of today’s indictment of former Enron chief Ken Lay on criminal charges related to the collapse of the energy company.

The White House has admitted that Mr. Lay met with Vice President Cheney and the Energy Task Force at least six times in 2001. After learning about those meetings and about the participation in task force deliberations of other energy company officials, Judicial Watch requested access to and documents from the meetings under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (“open meetings” law). When it was denied, Judicial Watch brought a lawsuit against the Vice President and the task force to extract information about the meetings.

A U.S. District Court ordered the Bush administration to turn over task force documents, or assert executive privilege. The administration appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, which in June ruled that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit should determine whether the federal open meetings law can be used to obtain records and information from the Energy Task Force.

“The criminal indictment of Ken Lay raises more questions about the nature of the Energy Task Force meetings and about the Bush administration’s extraordinary legal efforts to prevent the release of information about meetings with Mr. Lay and others,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Mr. Lay is under indictment, and the Bush administration is stonewalling inquiries into its contacts with him. What is the Bush administration hiding about Ken Lay?”

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