Executive privilege does not apply in an impeachment inquiry

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One argument for impeachment is that it would force the Administration to hand over material it has been withholding by citing ‘executive privilege.’ Historically, executive privilege has been claimed by Presidents as a means of protecting the affairs of the White House from interference by Congress. They have argued that granting Congress access to ‘privileged’ communications between the President, the Vice President, and White House advisors would violate the Constitutionally mandated separation of powers among the three branches of government.In 1973, the House Judiciary Committee found that executive privilege does not extend to an impeachment inquiry, and in fact cited refusal to comply with a subpoena issued by Congress in the course of an impeachment inquiry in its Articles of Impeachment against President Nixon.”Article III charged that President Nixon, by failing, without lawful cause or excuse and in willfull disobedience of the subpoenas of the House, to produce papers and things that the Committee had subpoenaed in the course of its impeachment inquiry, assumed to himself functions and judgments necessary to the exercise of the constitutional power of impeachment vested in the House.” (emphasis mine) Impeachment of Richard M. Nixon, President of the United States. The Final Report of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives.” House Report 93-1305, 93rd Congress, August 20, 1974.

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2 Responses to “Executive privilege does not apply in an impeachment inquiry”


  1. 1 Diane Rigali January 25, 2008 at 8:18 am

    Of course it doesn’t apply in an impeachment inquiry,trial, etc. If it did what good would the process be? Just more of the same “you lie and I’ll swear to it”, that we’ve been getting for the past seven years. It’s my understanding that the perps don’t plan on hanging around for the outcome of this anyway. I read that they have purchased a great ranch in Paraguay, SA, where they are setting up their own military, with OUR money. I’ll look up the sources for this info if you are interested. What do they, “The Bushes”, et al need with a military, mercinaries, a military base, military aircraft, etc? Talk about terrorism! Do you wonder why our country is in such terrible economic shape? How much do you think the forementioned land, military, mercinaries ,aircraft, weapons, etc costs? Does the prez make that much in his job? Legally? Does that have anything to do with all the missing supplies and equipment sent to Iraq? Does it have anything to do with the trillions of missing money from the various banks,etc? from the various government agencies ? One website I’d like to recommend is “worldreports.com” If this is not the correct URL let me know and I’ll provide the correct one. Impeachment, as far as I’m concerned is only the first step that needs to be taken, after all is out in the open. Let’s put the whole mess with the housing market, the banking crisis, etc , the whole economic crisis where it belongs, not on the people who have been robbed and shafted and lied to their whole lives, but on the real perpetrators. I understand this has been on going for 95 years, but the past seven have really speeded things up, probably afraid because of the internet and the true history of events that are now available to anyone who cares, that they would be found out.
    I am so mad I could eat a bug!!!


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