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JUNE 13 2008

The Bush administration's executive-privilege claims almost make
Watergate look like a fond memory.
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The Bush administration's executive-privilege
claims almost make Watergate look like a
fond memory.
By David Iglesias for Slate - Jurisprudence

....The House of Representative's lawsuit invoked the Watergate crisis
because among the historical detritus of Watergate lies the landmark
Supreme Court case of United States v. Nixon. This decision was the
first to actually address a claim presidents had been making since the
days of George Washington: that the president doesn't have to give
Congress everything it demands. Other presidents have certainly
claimed executive privilege. Harry Truman, for example, blocked
administration officials from testifying before Congress on security
matters after the Hiss-Chambers case. The question in Nixon had to
do with the scope of executive privilege and where its boundaries
might lie.

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