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Harvey Silverglate

Privilege's limits

By Harvey Silverglate
July 31, 2007

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THE DEVELOPMENT of the doctrine of "executive privilege" -- the notion that presidential advisers may withhold executive communications from congressional scrutiny -- recalls the Dickensian line that "the law is a ass." Although the public and courts have largely taken the existence of this privilege for granted, they ignore both the text and original understanding of the Constitution. Congress was ... (Full article: 822 words)

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