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executive privilege

the discretionary right claimed by certain U.S. presidents to withhold information from Congress or the judiciary.
Origin of executive privilege
1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • executive privilege covers the president's chief aides only, to avoid exposing internal policy debates.
  • His unprecedented and outrageous claims of executive privilege received only a tepid response.
  • Redefine executive privilege and the procedures necessary to release former president's records.

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