President Donald Trump is threatening to broadly assert govt privilege to dam present and former aides from testifying earlier than Congress. That features some who’ve co-operated with particular counsel Robert Mueller.
This technique might result in a messy and protracted authorized struggle. However even when the White Home is finally defeated in court docket, the president and his allies might have the prospect to expire the clock to the 2020 election.
Government privilege is the president’s energy to maintain info from the courts, Congress and the general public to guard the confidentiality of the Oval Workplace decision-making course of.
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The privilege to withhold paperwork and prohibit aides from testifying rests on the proposition that the president has an virtually unparalleled want to guard the confidentiality of candid recommendation that goes into presidential judgments.