The lying goes on
This is a barefaced lie. The title of MO 112, "Adopting Guidelines on Appearances of Cabinet Members before Congress," says it all.
MO 112 opens with the Article VI, Section 22 of the Constitution which provides:
"The heads of the departments may upon their own initiative, with the consent of the President, or upon the request of either House, as the rules of each House shall provide, appear before and be heard by such House on any matter pertaining to their departments. Written questions shall be submitted to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House at least three days before their scheduled appearance. Interpellation should not be limited to written questions, but may cover matters related thereto. When the security of the State or the public interest so requires, and the President so states in writing, the appearance shall be conducted in executive session."
MO 112 then went on to cite the rules of the House and of the Senate.
It then laid down the guidelines on the appearance of Cabinet members whether on their initiative or on that of either chamber of Congress. In either case, consent of the President is required.
What about EO 464? The coverage of persons who need presidential consent to appear before Congress, for one, is expanded to include all heads of and senior officials of departments, generals and flag officers of the Armed Forces and police officials with the ranks of chief superintendent and up, and national security officials.
Under MO 112, when presidential permission has been granted for a department head’s appearance, there is no restriction on what the Cabinet member may talk about save when the security of the State and public interest so requires as the President so states in writing (a reiteration of the Constitutional provision). When the exception is invoked, the appearance must be made in executive session.
In the case of EO 464, it bars outright public officials from disclosing "classified and confidential information" such as:
* Conversations and correspondents between the President and the officials so listed.
* Military, diplomatic and other security matters which in the interest of national security must not be divulged.
* Information between inter-government agencies prior to the conclusion of treaties and executive agreements.
* Discussions in closed-door Cabinet meetings.
* Matters affecting national security and public order.
There is, in short, a world of difference between MO 112 and EO 464.
It is the difference between an honest and open Cory and a lying and deceitful Gloria.