executive privilege

noun

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 The documents are material for which the president may not claim executive privilege. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Court rejects Trump tax return subpoena appeal," 7 Oct. 2020 Heilman said Northam has declined to release any information about whether his office has approved any conditional pardons related to the coronavirus, citing executive privilege. Washington Post, "Amid massive covid-19 outbreak, Virginia prisons accused of failing inmates again," 25 Sep. 2020 The documents are material of which the president may not claim executive privilege. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Michael Cohen: Trump won't release tax returns for fear of 'massive tax bill'," 16 Sep. 2020 The documents are material for which the president may not claim executive privilege. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "New York attorney general files legal action against Trump Organization in investigation of company finances," 24 Aug. 2020 The documents are material for which the president may not claim executive privilege. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "New York attorney general files legal action against Trump Organization in investigation of company finances," 24 Aug. 2020 The court left open the possibility that McGahn could assert executive privilege in responding to some of Congress' questions. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Appeals court rules House has authority to enforce McGahn subpoena," 7 Aug. 2020 The documents are material for which the president may not claim executive privilege. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Manhattan DA suggests Trump Organization under criminal investigation in pursuit of president's tax returns," 3 Aug. 2020 The documents are of material that the president may not claim executive privilege. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Supreme Court expected to close out term with opinions on Trump financial records," 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of executive privilege

1909, in the meaning defined above

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14 Oct 2020

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“Executive privilege.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/executive%20privilege. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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Legal Definition of executive privilege

see privilege sense 1b

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