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By Erwin Chemerinsky | November 11, 2007
The Bush administration is inexplicably refusing to compromise on executive privilege in the congressional investigations of the firing of several U.S. attorneys. As Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, warned recently, this leaves the House no choice but to vote that White House Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet E. Miers are in contempt of Congress. The issue transcends whether there was misconduct, or even obstruction of justice, in the firing of the federal prosecutors.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
Anne Arundel County voters pick the county's executive, council members, sheriff and several courthouse officials. If one council member has his way, they may soon also pick the county attorney. Councilman Daryl Jones, a Severn Democrat, will introduce a resolution at Monday's council session that would make the county attorney's job an elected position. Currently, the county attorney is appointed by the county executive. Jones also is introducing an alternative resolution that would ask voters to decide if the County Council should have the ability to confirm whoever is appointed county attorney.
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By Carl Tobias | July 4, 2007
The White House last week asserted executive privilege in rejecting congressional subpoenas for documents regarding the controversial firings of nine U.S. attorneys who served in the administration of President Bush. This threatens to precipitate a constitutional fight between the legislative and executive branches. Today, as we celebrate the birth of our nation - ingeniously established with three equal branches of government and checks and balances that limit the power of each branch - we should keep in mind that a constitutional confrontation would be bad for the president, bad for Congress and bad for the country.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
Members of the Anne Arundel County Council are calling on County Executive Laura Neuman to fund $250,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations that weren't included in the executive's initial budget proposal.. Three councilmen lined up representatives of a cancer support center, a job readiness organization and a mental health treatment organization to plead their case in a press conference in Annapolis on Tuesday. "They represent the very people that government should help and try to assist," said Councilman Daryl Jones, a Democrat from Severn.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 13, 1995
WASHINGTON -- Invoking executive privilege for the first time on Whitewater, the White House yesterday defended President Clinton's decision to defy Senate subpoenas with a brief that relied in part on legal arguments put forward during Watergate by President Richard M. Nixon and during the Iran-Contra scandal by former members of the Reagan administration.The brief, filed last night with the Senate Whitewater committee, repeated the White House argument that Mr. Clinton could withhold material from the committee about a 1993 Whitewater meeting involving senior aides and lawyers because it was protected by the lawyer-client privilege.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 23, 1998
WASHINGTON -- Leading Republican lawmakers clipped on their microphones in television studios around town yesterday to attack President Clinton for formally invoking executive privilege to block grand jury testimony of senior White House aides in the Monica Lewinsky inquiry.White House officials countered that the Republicans were playing partisan politics.Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott called Clinton's decision "a mistake" that would damage his credibility. "It looks like they are hiding something," the Mississippi Republican said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | May 9, 1998
WASHINGTON -- A dozen news organizations urged a federal judge yesterday to make public her still-secret ruling at the center of a historic conflict over demands that President Clinton's aides answer all questions about the White House sex scandal.In a motion that was filed yesterday, and then put into a secret file by courthouse aides, the news organizations told Judge Norma Holloway Johnson that her decision this week rejecting a White House claim of "executive privilege" involves a matter of national importance that the public should know about.
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By Richard B. Schmitt and Richard B. Schmitt,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 10, 2007
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's decision to defy congressional demands for documents and testimony in the U.S. attorneys case leaves Democrats with a difficult choice of lowering their sights in the investigation or facing a long and uncertain court fight. The White House told congressional leaders yesterday that Bush was asserting executive privilege in response to the request for access to senior officials and documents about the firings of eight U.S. attorneys last year. The sweeping declaration said that turning over such evidence would harm the president's ability to obtain candid advice from aides.
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN REPORTER | June 29, 2007
WASHINGTON -- The White House, citing executive privilege, rejected congressional subpoenas yesterday regarding the firings of seven U.S. attorneys late last year and signaled that it intended a similar fight to withhold information about the National Security Agency's warrantless eavesdropping program. Administration officials said they will not produce documents requested from several current and former White House officials related to the attorney firings, and indicated that the president is likely to block testimony by former counsel Harriet E. Miers and former political aide Sara Taylor before House and Senate committees.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | February 25, 1998
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton is invoking executive privilege to shield top aides from testifying about internal White House discussions on the Monica Lewinsky investigation, according to lawyers involved in the case.White House lawyers spent the weekend preparing legal briefs to assert executive privilege on behalf of the president at a federal hearing that could occur as early as this week.The president decided to take the step after prosecutors filed a motion last week to compel testimony from Bruce Lindsey, the president's closest friend and adviser at the White House.
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By Meredith Cohn and Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2013
Even as state officials are racing to meet a self-imposed deadline to fix major glitches with the state's online insurance marketplace, some consumers continued to have problems buying health coverage through the exchange. Gov. Martin O'Malley pledged to correct the problems by mid-December, and two new state officials have been tapped to lead the exchange after weeks of technical problems and the resignation of its executive director. But none of that matters to Dan Sauter, who still can't buy a health plan.
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By Meredith Cohn and Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2013
As Maryland officials touted their implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown was front and center - proudly describing the state as a national leader in preparing for the overhaul. But even though Brown was helping to lead the health care effort, he wrote no emails to the state workers overseeing development of the state's online health insurance marketplace - at least none that his office deemed fit for public release. The Baltimore Sun investigated the botched Oct. 1 rollout of the Maryland health insurance exchange, and reporters requested emails sent to and from Brown on the issue.
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October 9, 2012
Here are just some of the reasons President Barack Obama should not be and must not be reelected. While Americans struggle to survive in this bleak economy, President Obama is deliberately bringing the economy to its knees. His actions have driven gas prices to the limit. Mr. Obama is supporting amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants. He is supporting government takeover of private industry and is trying to punish businesses that create jobs. Mr. Obama has stuffed the courts with liberal judges and socialist ideologists, and he is trying to create new undue gun control measures.
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September 6, 2012
By invoking executive privilege, President Obama has changed the welfare to work program that had been a rousing success and enabled many people to improve the quality of their lives. What Mr. Obama has done is unconstitutional and should be immediately overturned. This is just the latest example - the "Fast and Furious" cover-up, fighting states that want to have an "honest" election, etc. - of this administration's disregard and contempt for America. The economy is in the tank and well over 23 million Americans are either unemployed or underemployed.
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July 1, 2012
Regarding Congress' investigation of the Justice Department's Operation Fast and Furious, how can anyone possibly believe this is simply a "partisan gotcha-as-usual" political ploy ("Faster and more furiously," June 22). This is not about the lies of a spoiled baseball player accused of using steroids. It's about an atrociously ill-conceived government gun-running operation that resulted in the deaths of two federal agents and perhaps hundreds of Mexican citizens. "Fast and Furious" is a prime example of government stupidity in action, and the American people deserve to know the truth about why and how this happened.
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June 26, 2012
The brouhaha over Attorney General Eric Holder and the contempt of Congress charge brought by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa is providing new evidence that the lunatics are running the Republican asylum. Mr. Issa, the California Republican who is chairman of the House Oversight Committee, would have us believe President Obama's assertion of executive privilege in the dispute -- "an eleventh-hour stunt," he called it on Fox News -- is part of a White House cover up of something much more sinister.
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | February 6, 1998
WASHINGTON -- As special prosecutor Kenneth W. Starr leads a federal grand jury deeper into the operations of the Clinton White House, he is getting closer to the Oval Office and closer to a constitutional confrontation over "executive privilege."President Clinton and Starr said yesterday that the issue has not yet arisen, but each seemed to acknowledge it as a possibility.If the confrontation does arise, the president would invoke the privilege to protect the confidentiality of his conversations with close advisers -- something the Supreme Court has said presidents have some right, though not an absolute right, to do.For his part, Starr would assert that he needs all evidence about possible crimes by the president and others in the sex scandal -- something the Supreme Court has said prosecutors are entitled to have, within limits.
NEWS
December 14, 1995
SHADES OF WATERGATE and Iran-contra. By invoking attorney-client privacy and hinting at executive privilege in refusing Senate demands for evidence in the Whitewater investigation, President Clinton is taking a risk he long wanted to avoid. Such defenses have a negative connotation going back to the scandals that destroyed the Nixon presidency and rocked Ronald Reagan's.In actual substance, there are no grounds for equating the dubious Whitewater real estate/savings and loan deals Mr. and Mrs. Clinton undertook before moving into the White House with the malfeasance in office of Watergate and Iran-contra.
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June 24, 2012
The Fast and Furious controversy that is finally being reported to the public by the liberal, pro-Obama administration media reminds me of how a similar episode unfolded that ultimately caused Richard Nixon to resign his presidency because of critical information that he did not want to make public but was forced to by the Supreme Court. One wonders whether Attorney General Eric Holder and maybe President Barack Obama have similar critical information about Fast and Furious that if made public would jeopardize their jobs.
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June 22, 2012
What is "Fast and Furious" exactly ("House panel supports Holder contempt vote," June 21)? This scandal involves theU.S. Department of Justiceintentionally allowing guns to cross the border into Mexico, in an attempt to track them to drug cartels. This "gun-running" was exposed when U.S. border agents confronted several men who were suspected of illegally crossing the border and smuggling drugs. This confrontation ended with U.S border agent Brian Terry being shot and killed. The gun that shot Agent Terry was traced back to the guns that were involved in Fast and Furious.
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