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A couple of days ago, I posted about this. To refresh your memory, in an attempt to protect President Barack Obama, a group of congressional Democrats has introduced legislation  — H.R.3071 — to create an official process that will allow the commander-in-chief to keep presidential records secret after he leaves office.

If the Democrats’ proposed measure (Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2011) becomes law, former presidents will be allowed to assert a new “constitutionally based privilege” against disclosing records of their liking. Here is how it would work; the Archivist of the United States would be required to notify the former president, as well as the incumbent, of intentions to make records public. Anything that either the former or current president claims should be kept private won’t be released.

The following 16 Congressmen are cosponsors to the act:


Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] – 9/29/2011
Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1] – 9/29/2011
Rep Connolly, Gerald E. “Gerry” [VA-11] – 9/29/2011
Rep Cooper, Jim [TN-5] – 9/29/2011
Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7] – 9/29/2011
Rep Davis, Danny K. [IL-7] – 9/29/2011
Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [OH-10] – 9/29/2011
Rep Lynch, Stephen F. [MA-9] – 9/29/2011
Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14] – 9/29/2011
Rep Murphy, Christopher S. [CT-5] – 9/29/2011
Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] – 9/29/2011
Rep Quigley, Mike [IL-5] – 9/29/2011
Rep Speier, Jackie [CA-12] – 9/29/2011
Rep Tierney, John F. [MA-6] – 9/29/2011
Rep Welch, Peter [VT] – 9/29/2011
Rep Yarmuth, John A. [KY-3] – 9/29/2011