Obama Conspiracy Theories received an email from a visitor expressing concerns about an executive order by President Obama:
I’d like for OCT to comment on Executive Order 13489, one of Obama’s first official acts in office, and which is largely interpreted as banning the release of his records without his permission and which also revokes Section 6 of Executive Order 13233 so as to ban Congress and the courts from interceding.
The preamble to the Executive order says:
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to establish policies and procedures governing the assertion of executive privilege by incumbent and former Presidents in connection with the release of Presidential records by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) pursuant to the Presidential Records Act of 1978, it is hereby ordered as follows
The key point in understanding what’s going on here is the definition of “Presidential records”. Here is the relevant passage from the Presidential Records Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 22):
§ 2201 Definitions… 2) The term “Presidential records” means documentary materials, or any reasonably segregable portion thereof, created or received by the President, his immediate staff, or a unit or individual of the Executive Office of the President whose function is to advise and assist the President, in the course of conducting activities which relate to or have an effect upon the carrying out of the constitutional, statutory, or other official or ceremonial duties of the President.
from which it is obvious that “Presidential records” are not those records being sought by eligibility doubters, documents created before Obama became President.
Nothing to see here. Move along.