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Executive Privilege – Its History of Use and Abuse
September 15 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Co-presented with the Fairfield League of Women Voters
Although nowhere cited in the U.S. Constitution, presidents from George Washington on have asserted the claim now called “executive privilege” to resist efforts of Congress, the courts and the public to secure internal documents about their administrations. Is such a use of executive privilege a legitimate presidential power? Does it hold under definitive cases like U.S. v. Nixon? This presentation will explore the history behind this question, identifying the legal basis for executive privilege and tracing political controversy that has long surrounded it, including today.
Speaker: Donald W. Rogers, Ph.D., U.S. History. Specialized background in U.S. legal-constitutional history. Retired adjunct lecturer in history, CCSU, HCC and UB. Past president of the Connecticut Coalition for History, Boards of Civics First of Connecticut and the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society.
Free Public Event
Presented in memory of Ginny McLevy.