At a recent press conference, President Bush announced that he may keep the names of donors to his presidential library secret. In a Dallas News op-ed today, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) calls on Bush to make all his documents public:
Presidents begin raising these enormous sums while they are still in the White House. Disclosure of these contributors will help assure that an administration’s decisions are not being tilted toward big-dollar presidential library donors. […]
This public access was weakened when President Bush issued Executive Order 13233 in 2001, which allows heirs of a former president to claim executive privilege even after the president’s death. […]
I support the House-passed legislation that repeals this executive order and restores the public’s right to know.