Sunday, July 8, 2007

Beyond Executive Privilege?

The White House has been fighting the release of information related to the DOJ "firings" with claims of executive privilege. Peter Baker has a wonderful article in the Washington Post that outlines the issue of executive privilege.  And as noted in this piece, the executive may be successful on some of these issues. Yahoo News reports here that the Senate Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Sara Taylor, a former White House political director, and the question will be whether the White House will object to her providing this testimony on July 11th.  But the White House objection may present a problem in this scenario- as the emails in question were on an e-mail account at the Republican National Committee.  A court may be hard pressed to find that the executive privilege extends to the political arena.


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