Definition of executive privilege in English:

executive privilege


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Presidents often assert executive privilege even if the information or documents sought are not matters of national security.’
    • ‘Claims of executive privilege or the requirements of wartime ‘national security’ are red herrings.’
    • ‘The CIA cited national security and White House executive privilege.’
    • ‘Well, certainly the president can claim executive privilege.’
    • ‘And the White House cannot allow release of this information lest it jeopardize executive privilege.’
    • ‘Even the Vice President admits the President has not yet claimed executive privilege for this information - and can do so if GAO prevails.’
    • ‘While the president has the right to claim executive privilege under certain circumstances, even this privilege does not allow him complete secrecy.’
    • ‘Presidents don't actually have to claim executive privilege to keep documents closed to the public.’
    • ‘The White House has claimed executive privilege over the papers, which have been subpoenaed by a House committee.’
    • ‘No president wants to claim executive privilege in an election year.’
    • ‘The Vice President is not claiming executive privilege (which enables the President to withhold information from Congress or the courts).’
    • ‘I raised the issue of whether the President might be able to invoke executive privilege as to this information.’
    • ‘Either one could have claimed executive privilege and forced the archivists to withhold the pages.’
    • ‘The White House is sure to fight this on grounds of executive privilege and attorney-client privilege.’
    • ‘The dispute centered on efforts by the White House to assert executive privilege to withhold documents from Congress.’
    • ‘The White House abruptly reversed itself on March 30, after weeks of maintaining that the principle of executive privilege forbade testimony under oath.’
    • ‘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.’