Definition of executive privilege in English:

executive privilege


  • [mass noun] The privilege, claimed by the president for the executive branch of the US government, of withholding information in the public interest.

    • ‘The White House is sure to fight this on grounds of executive privilege and attorney-client privilege.’
    • ‘Presidents don't actually have to claim executive privilege to keep documents closed to the public.’
    • ‘The White House abruptly reversed itself on March 30, after weeks of maintaining that the principle of executive privilege forbade testimony under oath.’
    • ‘The White House has claimed executive privilege over the papers, which have been subpoenaed by a House committee.’
    • ‘Well, certainly the president can claim executive privilege.’
    • ‘The Vice President is not claiming executive privilege (which enables the President to withhold information from Congress or the courts).’
    • ‘Most often, executive privilege has been claimed to allow the president to get advice from aides, or negotiate with other heads of state, without fear that sensitive discussions will later be opened to scrutiny by the other branches.’
    • ‘Presidents often assert executive privilege even if the information or documents sought are not matters of national security.’
    • ‘I raised the issue of whether the President might be able to invoke executive privilege as to this information.’
    • ‘Even the Vice President admits the President has not yet claimed executive privilege for this information - and can do so if GAO prevails.’
    • ‘Either one could have claimed executive privilege and forced the archivists to withhold the pages.’
    • ‘Now, it's worth noting that the White House has the right - subject to a great deal of judicial interpretation - to claim executive privilege for certain sorts of White House communications.’
    • ‘And the White House cannot allow release of this information lest it jeopardize executive privilege.’
    • ‘While the president has the right to claim executive privilege under certain circumstances, even this privilege does not allow him complete secrecy.’
    • ‘The dispute centered on efforts by the White House to assert executive privilege to withhold documents from Congress.’
    • ‘Claims of executive privilege or the requirements of wartime ‘national security’ are red herrings.’
    • ‘No president wants to claim executive privilege in an election year.’
    • ‘The CIA cited national security and White House executive privilege.’


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