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The Executive\u27s Right of Privacy: An Unresolved Constitutional Question

By Joseph Bishop


A CONSTITUTIONAL question of the first importance, raised in more or lessacute form in practically every administration from Washington\u27s to Eisenhower\u27s,is, singularly enough, still wide open. That question is the constitutionalpower of the executive to withhold information from the legislature. Itseems to be no nearer settlement today than it was in 1792, when PresidentWashington announced the right of the executive to exercise its discretion incommunicating executive documents requested by a committee appointed bythe House of Representatives \u22to inquire into the causes of the failure of thelate expedition under Major General St. Clair.\u2

Topics: Law
Publisher: Yale Law School Legal Scholarship Repository
Year: 1957
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