executive privilege


Definition of executive privilege

: exemption from legally enforced disclosure of communications within the executive branch of government when such disclosure would adversely affect the functions and decision-making processes of the executive branch

Examples of executive privilege in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Washington — President Biden has rejected former President Trump's assertion of executive privilege for the first set of Trump White House documents requested by January 6 select committee. Robert Legare, Nikole Killion, CBS News, 11 Oct. 2021 The president has determined that an assertion of executive privilege is not warranted for the first set of documents from the Trump White House. NBC News, 10 Oct. 2021 But he is expected to have an uphill battle, as courts have traditionally left questions of executive privilege up to the current White House occupant. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Oct. 2021 Trump has claimed executive privilege over a wide range of documents sought by the Jan. 6 Select Committee detailing communications and activities of his aides as the Capitol came under attack by Trump supporters. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 8 Oct. 2021 This comes days after Trump lawyers sought to block the testimony of former Trump officials to the House committee citing executive privilege. Zeke Miller, Eric Tucker And Mary Clare Jalonick, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Oct. 2021 This comes days after Trump lawyers sought to block the testimony of former Trump officials to the House committee citing executive privilege. Eric Tucker, chicagotribune.com, 8 Oct. 2021 The documents were previously withheld under the Obama administration’s claim of executive privilege. CNN, 22 Sep. 2021 Because executive privilege is meant to benefit the country rather than the president as an individual, invoking it over Trump’s efforts to push his personal agenda would be inappropriate, the department concluded. BostonGlobe.com, 31 July 2021

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First Known Use of executive privilege

1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of executive privilege was in 1909

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15 Oct 2021

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“Executive privilege.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/executive%20privilege. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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Legal Definition of executive privilege

— see privilege sense 1b


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