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Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Bannon Given More Time to Sort Out with White House


There is no reference to executive privilege in the Constitution, but the Supreme Court has held that it derives from the president's ability to carry out the duties he holds under the Constitution. Nor was it discussed at the Constitutional Convention, when delegates gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 to draft the country's bedrock governing principles.

Washington lost that battle with Congress, but the concept has endured and expanded, providing a reliable flashpoint for political controversies and scandals ever since.

He added if Bannon was refusing to answer certain questions, then it's reasonable for his lawyer to have coordinated with the White House on the "scope" of executive privilege.

Steve Bannon, ex-chief strategist to US President Donald Trump, has refused to answer a broad range of questions at a committee hearing probing alleged links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

He was questioned behind closed doors on Tuesday in a 10-hour meeting. A person familiar with that issue confirmed the interview and said Bannon is expected to cooperate with Mueller.

In Michael Wolff's new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Bannon spilled secrets from the inner workings of the White House and rendered harsh opinions about Trump aides, as well as the president's son.

Bannon, President Trump's former chief strategist, was subpoenaed last week by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation into possible links between Mr. Trump's associates and Russian Federation, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

It's unclear who Burck was communicating with in the White House.

Caleb Miller, a partner at Brown White & Osborn LLP, said the White House's understanding of executive privilege appeared "pulled out of someone's a***".

The inconsistent approach has frustrated Democrats.

"Steve Bannon and his attorney asserted a remarkably broad definition of executive privilege", Jim Himes, a Democratic member of the committee, told CNN. "It is or it isn't". A spokeswoman for Bannon did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Here are some questions and answers about the extent of executive privilege, and its use in recent administrations. "It would be a curious thing if they actually enforced the principle of congressional integrity and constitutional law". Russian Federation denies such interference and Trump has denied any collusion. Former President Dwight Eisenhower was the one who coined the phrase "executive privilege".

Q. How frequently does the executive branch claim the privilege? But it has set clear limits for criminal investigations.

Dhillon, who has provided legal advice about executive privilege to Trump, is both a deputy counsel and deputy assistant to the president.

The defining case was US vs. Nixon in 1974, when President Nixon refused to turn over crucial White House recordings to the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal. Nixon was ordered to turn over the tapes.

"We shouldn't be seeing investigations by prosecutors of collusion", said Dershowitz.

The first president to invoke the executive privilege was George Washington in 1792, in order to keep information about an ill-fated expedition against American Indian tribes from the courts and Congress.

He also resisted answering questions or turning over his personal diaries during the Iran-Contra scandal, which involved the illegal funding of anti-Sandinista Nicaraguan rebels with profits from the covert sale of missiles to Iran.

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