White House Security Rebuffs Attempt to Serve Lawsuit on Dick Cheney

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:28 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - The legal group that's made a name for itself by filing numerous lawsuits against the nation's leaders is having trouble serving its latest complaint against Vice President Dick Cheney.

Judicial Watch says a process server was threatened with arrest when he went to the White House on Monday, July 22, to deliver a copy of the legal complaint against Dick Cheney on behalf of Halliburton shareholders.

Judicial Watch accuses Cheney, the former chairman of Halliburton, of overstating company revenues. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced it is investigating how Halliburton accounted for cost overruns on construction jobs.

According to Judicial Watch, a White House security officer refused to accept any papers for the vice president. The process server said he was told he would be arrested if he simply dropped the federal court summons and complaint on the ground and left.

Judicial Watch notes it is a crime to interfere with the "service of process."

"We have served many a lawsuit on Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and Hillary Clinton when they were in the White House," said Judicial Watch Chairman and General Counsel Larry Klayman. "The Clinton White House accepted the papers. Never before have our process servers been threatened with arrest.

"If this Bush-Cheney White House is serious about corporate corruption and responsibility, it would not allow the Vice President to improperly hide behind White House security to evade service of process in the Halliburton securities fraud litigation, and it would not threaten the process server with arrest."

Recent press reports note that Vice President Cheney is keeping a low profile (staying away from TV talk shows and reporters in general) while the controversy over his tenure at Halliburton is still in the headlines.

President Bush has defended Cheney, saying he is confident his vice president did nothing wrong.

"I've got great confidence in the vice president...When I picked him, I knew he was a fine business leader and a fine experienced man," Bush said last week.