Friday, July 20, 2007

Time to Revisit Executive Privilege

I've been saying this for years, but TPM's David Kurtz says it better:

I fully recognize that there is a basis in law for executive privilege. But both the legal justification for executive privilege and the policy justification rely mostly on the mistaken assumption that the public interest is served by the President being able to avoid public scrutiny in the execution of his public duties.

It's well past time to revisit that assumption.

If your advice to the President is so scurrilous, so outrageous that you would be ashamed should that advice become public . . . maybe you shouldn't be giving that advice to the President. And we as a people deserve to know about. Go and read his whole post.

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