Executive privilege is the long-standing principle that states that the president can resist certain subpoenas and other interventions by the legislative and judicial branches of government in pursuit of information or personnel relating to confidential communications that would impair governmental functions. While it is not a concept that appears anywhere in the constitution, its validity in certain circumstances has been affirmed by the Supreme Court.
“The President would have us believe that he can willfully engage in criminal activity and prevent witnesses from testifying before Congress — even if they did not actually work for him or his administration,” Nadler stated.
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Original reporting by Justine Coleman at The Hill.
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