President Trump’s executive privilege over the Mueller report, explained | USA TODAY

President Trump’s executive privilege over the Mueller report, explained | USA TODAY


“Executive privilege is on the table.” President Trump has
asserted executive privilege over the Mueller report. We have the FAQs. When used, executive privilege
allows the U.S. president and other executive branch members to withhold specific
information from the public, Congress and the court system. In this case, the Trump administration invoked executive privilege,
claiming the right to block lawmakers from
the unredacted version of Special Counsel
Robert Mueller’s report. The administration’s
decision was announced while the House Judiciary
Committee was voting on holding Attorney General
William Barr in contempt of Congress over failure
to release the full report. But by declaring executive privilege, the executive branch
can ignore any attempt at information grabbing
from the legislative and judicial branch or others. So, if the president can simply say, “it’s none of your business
because I said so,” when the legislative branch
invokes oversight powers, is there any real
oversight of the president? Well, not really. In order for Congress or anyone else to obtain the unredacted
Mueller Report, they need to show that the information
is essential to the case. The executive branch
can argue that releasing the full report would be a
national security concern. Trump probably won’t be president by the time this battle ends because it will most likely
be in court for years. Technically, there is
no mention of this power in the Constitution, nor is
there mention of Congress, or the courts having the
ability to obtain information from the executive branch. The Supreme Court did rule
that executive privilege falls under the separation
of powers doctrine, which was confirmed in
the landmark court case United States v. Nixon. When the Watergate scandal
was under investigation, President Nixon was subpoenaed
to release the tapes and papers about certain
meetings between him and those already indicted. In response, Nixon claimed
absolute executive privilege, but the Supreme Court did not oblige. In the end, the Supreme Court ruled that it does have the final voice in determining constitutional
questions and that no person, not even the president
of the United States is completely above the law. The rule found that the president cannot use executive
privilege as an excuse to “withhold evidence that
is demonstrably relevant in a criminal trial.”

85 Replies to “President Trump’s executive privilege over the Mueller report, explained | USA TODAY

  1. "Traitor Trump (R – Criminal) asserts executive privilege over entire Mueller report"

    Traitor Trump (R – Criminal) might as well have just said "Yeah; I did it. What are y'all gonna do about it?"

    The headlines should all read "Traitor Trump Announces Guilt With Executive Privilege Claim".

  2. Traitor Trump (R – Criminal):
    "I'm Rich!!!" (but you can't see my tax returns)
    "I'm a Genius!!!" (but you can't see my transcripts)
    "I'm Innocent!!!" (but you can't see the Unredacted Mueller Report)
    "We have the bestest Health Care plan!!!" (but you can't see it until after the election).

  3. He had every right to stop this witch hunt! Enough is enough! No president should be put through what our president has been put through. It's insanity! The left has used millions of our tax paying Dollars To get him out of office. They will never admit there was no collusion. Because that would mean admitting they were dead wrong! Let him go about the business of running our country!

  4. That meant only one thing you have a lot of things to hide, and you don't want the American people to see it, crooked to the end

  5. Explain this snowflakes! What happened to…. race riots?
    -and daily statue removals
    -nation-wide ANTIFA riots
    -school walkouts
    -Black Lives Matter Thuggery
    -Campus anti-free speech riots
    -Occupy
    -the MILLIONS of Trump haters that used to march in the streets
    -road blockades by Trump haters
    –#PoorMeeToo marches
    PEACE & UNITY AT LAST:)

  6. Democrats are still not over the 2016 election results. They know Trump will win 2020. This is all they have. And the American people are sick of it.

  7. Barr were going to hold you in Contempt, for doing your job, that we (dems) created a law about… have you lost your minds?

  8. Wasn't the report available and not even one Dem made the effort to go read it? And then voted for a contempt charge ?

  9. How can you have ANY FACTS, if you haven't spoken to Trump or Muller on the issue. ✊🎤⤵️

  10. It's zionist corporate privilege& the rest of us are fucked!go to what really happened..com You Tube

  11. funny part about this is THE PEOPLE will do nothing about it except for post on social media.

  12. The Democrats tried to set up a road block to stop Attorney General Barr from continuing his investigations. Their blockade was like the straw house in the Three Little Pigs. Trump BLEW IT AWAY! Run little pigs — Run!

  13. The Left and the media are idiots. The report is only 2% redacted and that is due to Federal Law. Barr would be breaking the law if he released an i redacted version.
    I hope the Dems continue to push this narrative, it makes them look life winning children.

  14. explanations hardly.  more like a way for democrap team blue to look at it and stay in their retarded bubble..

  15. Oh, look…Dictator Trump has blatantly disregarded democracy, and once again has shown abuse of power…and you are all still letting him get away with it..? He wants an invasion and/or an uprising. He wants to use "his" army, and have the USA run his way…. this is no secret.

  16. This is a coup on America and Your a fool to think and say otherwise !😂
    Trump 🇺🇸 MAGA 2020 !

  17. No, the US Constitution gives the house of representatives oversight over the president in the form of impeachment investigation powers. Additionally there are specific laws that protect Congress is right to demand information. Further, the president cannot claim executive privilege on information that pertains to his own crimes. Ask Nixon.

  18. Hillary steals millions from her non profit relief fund but Democrats could care less about that , lets go after Trump for 30 year old taxes or because he slept with a dancer or he told Billy Bush that when you have this much money and power you can do whatever you want even grab them by the P. Then they go after Trump saying he grabs women. As far as the Mueller report watch some of the actual hearings on YouTube of actual congressional hearings they tell a different story and it's not about Trump it's about the corruption in the upper layers of FBI and Government and Barr has stated he's going to investigate so now they want Barr out and his report was withheld somehow. Don't you think if after 2 years and 50 million wasted tax dollars that if Mueller had actually found something he would have been screaming to Congress about how Barr didn't disclose this evidence or that evidence but he didn't because he has nothing and the media is running with planting the thought that there really is something there. Mueller lost all credibility when he put Cohen on widely broadcast trial for tax fraud and only asked him about Trump and Stormy and Russia nothing about what he was on trial for , any of you ANTIFA generation able to see the Plea Deal there????? No only that Cohen said Trump is now guilty and not innocent when he is looking at Federal prison for tax fraud so if he changed his testimony then Trump must be guilty. Half the nation is in a moronic state and can't see the forest for the trees. The big question should be why do they want Trump out so bad what is it that scares them so much . Numbers don't lie , economy growth all time high , unemployment all time low, stock market up for longest time in decades, they didn't try this hard to impeach Nixon for the Watergate Crimes so what is it that for the first time in history they are trying anything and I mean anything to discredit and impeach an elected POTUS , no bells going off in anyone's head that is a Trump hater yet?????

  19. I'm surprised NY or some other state hasn't already pressed criminal charges against Trump to get the information they're seeking? Then when the Trump administration refuses & tries to use their executive privilege they would be in clear violation of the law & committing a criminal act ! Then they really can impeach him !

  20. Mueller's main goal was to cover up the corruption of the Obama regimes attempted coup on the Trump admin. In the end he will be indicted too. IG report coming soon! Lots of dirty deep state Democrats will be facing long prison terms.

  21. It is nice how the Democrat bureaunazis and their media lapdogs keep chasing this collusion lie which now transmogrified into an obstruction lie. Keep it up and we'll have 4 more years. Idiots.

  22. GOOD…kick those Demodogs in their corrupt asses along with their dimwitted, lunatic followers… Can't wait for THE BIG REVEAL!!!

  23. It is illegal for a federal attorney to release grand jury information. Barr literally is unable to release the full report by US law. Besides the full report is available for top dems but none have gone to see it. Trump used executive privilege to prevent congress from forcing AG Barr from breaking the law. How is I'm a nobody and I know this shit??!!

  24. Kind of like obozos wingman Eric Holder during the fast and furious scandal.
    Fast n furious when Barack the traitor gave Mexican cartels assault weapons.
    1. Of the weapons was used to murder board guard agent Brian Terry!
    2. One of the weapons was found with Elchapo

  25. People have been re-electing morons to Congress since Trump used their laws to avoid paying taxes legally

  26. Perhaps you libtards should have explained how executive privilege works when Obama was using it every single day to prevent Congress from investigating him

  27. Give it up already you insane lunatic liberals have lost yet again you lost the election and you lost your damn minds. There was never any collusion with Russia this is fact. Trump is not going to be impeached because there's no impeachable offense that you lunatics can pin on Trump. as for his taxes conveniently someone just leaked 10 years of his tax returns and yet nothing came out of it LOL.

  28. More proof Trump and wife and kids and in-law commit treason to American with the help of russian and Putina and the peoples who vote him and still support Trump today.

  29. Funny how the narrative went from Trump lies about spying, to they were doing their job and investigating. The cover up begins. Dems are fooked. The gig is up. Panic mode is awesome to watch.

  30. The President has NOT BEEN TOTALLY EXONERATED. No matter how many times he says it. What Mueller said was: “Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

  31. I personally don’t think any branch should be able to withhold information from another branch because then there won’t be proper checks and balances to ensure every branch is working within the constitution. The higher ups in Congress should be able to see a unredacted or mostly unredacted version of the report as well as all of the Supreme Court justices imo.

  32. TRUMP, YOU DON'T HAVE EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE TO COVER UP YOURSELF FROM YOUR FRAUD AND VERY DISTURBING CRIMINALITY. THE EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE IS POLICIES DISAGREEMENT IN CONGRESSES BUT NOT TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM ALL YOUR CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES AND FRAUD AND AND SO CORRUPTED LIFE AND WALK ALL OVER THE CONSTITUTION BREAKING THE LAW WHEN YOU ARE THE MAIN SUBJECT OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION AND YOU ARE THE CENTER OF CORRUPTION – PHONY DETESTABLE CROOKED BEAST. LOCK HIM UP, LOCK HIM UP!!! SO WHY IT WILL BE THE PURPOSE OF THE LAW AND THE CONSTITUTION CONNING MAN!! LOCK HIM UP, LOCK HIM UP. YOU DON'T OWN THE CONGRESS AND THIS NATION AND YOU CANNOT BE IN CHARGE ANY LONGER OF OUR NATION WHEN YOU CONSTANTLY ABSTRACTING JUSTICE AND BRAKE THE LAW YOUR ENTIRE CROOKED LIFE. LOCK HIM UP FOR GOOD TO THIS EVIL CORRUPTED RAT DEALER.

  33. This is not fake news CNN/MSNBS message board. I wonder how paid and unpaid zombie liberal trolls will try to sway opinion with their lies.

  34. I found the Clinton Benghazi report redacted online and took a few screenshots for you all to see:

    https://imgur.com/gallery/PcoutWd

    I only went through the first 3 chapters of the report, and no appendixes

    Here is the 3rd chapter "III: EVENTS LEADING TO THE

    BENGHAZI ATTACKS"

    https://archives-benghazi-republicans-oversight.house.gov/sites/republicans.benghazi.house.gov/files/documents/Part%20III_Redacted.pdf

  35. Can a trump supporter please explain why this doesn't bother you? If your guy isn't guilty then why not just let the report be released in its entirety? Why hid his tax records? Why hide his school grades? Why hide his bank records?

  36. Trump and his supporters have waged a war on truth and facts. These are dangerous times we are in, and everyone on the side of truth and justice has a duty to stand up and speak out against this crisis.

  37. No more Mr. nice guy, Dims, I'm surprised it took President Trump this long to get sick and tired of indulging your childish BS.

  38. when USA today says "I have the facts" you can be 100% sure that they don't have a third of the facts.

  39. the is like another billionaire welfare queen's new tag line. Executive privilege to grab pussies!

  40. So it should be settled! Why do things have to go to court again? If the sup court said that a prez cant withhold info if that info would be relevant in a criminal case!,thot Mueller said he had enough obstruction data that could be used against trump in a future trial? Didnt Mueller testify before the house today?

  41. We definitely need to amend the constitution! To well define the limits upon executive privilege! Thot that happened via watergate,guess not!

  42. The President has every right to invoke executive priveledge. This is the reason we have a supreme court. Our 3rd chamber of government will make the final decision if it's legal or not. Every President since Nixon has invoked it at least once. Obama did it for Eric Holder to hide a crime. The Obama/Holder regimes policy directly killed a Law Enforcement Officer and Obama invoked it to cover up the crime.

  43. You have the facts?
    …Yeaaaaah this is the same Station that pushed a Conspiracy Theory for nearly a Years

    Why is this even being recommended to me still
    I left the left a long time ago

  44. Tell all you "fake news" people what. We all paid in tax money for the investigation into that Muller report and we didn't even get all of it. That's undisputedly true. I dont care if it's good or bad, if we the American people were forced to pay for this dam report we want all of it. Unless anybody feels it's ok to pay for something and not get what you paid for.

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  46. CNN has very effectively Down Sized ……………..Viewership …………………while avoiding Journalism at all costs.

  47. So if that's the law then what are we doing????? Great way to sum it up sir.. The president and his branch are basically acting as the king. We the people have a duty.

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