Defining executive privilege

Boston Globe
by Cass R. Sunstein

07/12/07

In their struggle over documents relating to the replacement of US attorneys, the president and Congress have downplayed a critical point: The doctrine of executive privilege remains a constitutional wilderness, and courts have done little to sort out the problem. Because the law is so wide open, both President Bush and the congressional Democrats have made plausible arguments. In any judicial proceeding, the outcome would be hard to predict; neither side has reason for great confidence. The Constitution does not refer to executive privilege at all, and some ’strict constructions’ believe that the whole idea is a constitutional myth. But presidents have long insisted that in order to exercise their constitutional authority, they need to be able to keep their own communications confidential...

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