Executive Privilege And Public Knowledge

1052 WordsJan 27, 20165 Pages
Executive privilege assures that the president can have open and honest communication within the Oval Office between his staff and advisors. It also ensures that those conversations are entitled to be private. Executive privilege happens throughout various presidencies. The primary controversy of it is whether or not the president has the right to use it in order to withhold information from Congress or judicial proceedings. There is an ongoing discussion in regards to who really needs to know who the president is meeting with and what the context of the conversation is, as well as where to draw the line to distinguish what is private and what is public knowledge. Former President George W. Bush invoked executive privilege six times…show more content…
The second claim denied a congressional committee to view the Department of Justice’s consultation on Clinton’s fundraising methods while he was president. This sparked controversy because it was the first time a president used executive authority to prohibit Congress from seeing a previous action taken by a former president while he was in office. The third claim Bush made was to alter “the intent of the Presidential Records Act of 1978 in a way that made it harder for the public to get access to the papers of past presidential administrations.” The fourth claim of executive privilege was the refusal to hand documents over to Congress regarding the death of Pat Tillman. Pat Tillman’s official cause of death was unconfirmed and originally assumed he was killed my enemy fire. In the end, it was revealed that it was a friendly fire incident that ended his life. President Bush refused to give the documents to Congress because he said the documents associate with executive confidentiality interests. The fifth executive privilege claim made by the Bush Administration was to protect and hinder Karl Rove, Bush’s senior advisor at the time, and other White House aids “…from testifying before Congress about firing nine federal prosecutors, allegedly for partisan reasons.” This ignited a lot of protests, especially within Congress because it obviously hindered their investigation. The decision to fire nine federal prosecutors was very controversial
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