Executive Privilege and its Current Implications

2789 Words Feb 17th, 2018 11 Pages
history. This right is regarded as executive privilege, or “the right of the president and important executive branch members to withhold information from Congress, the courts, and the public” (Rozell 323). As the federal bureaucracy has grown to assume the responsibilities for managing and implementing public policy in a wide variety of areas, it has experienced a steadily ascendant level of executive power. Congress’s ability to obtain information about the ways in which that power is exercised becomes increasingly difficult as the Executive gains more authority.
Key information regarding national legislation and federal policy rests almost exclusively with the executive branch, and executive officials have little to no incentive to disclose such information. Members of the executive branch, including the president, will often withhold certain information from Congress, the courts, and the public for the following reasons: to protect national security, to maintain an “openness” within the executive branch, to preserve personal privacy exclusive of public gain, and to maintain the confidentiality of criminal investigations (Collins). For these reasons, claims of executive privilege are often highly controversial as they…