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Can Steve Bannon claim executive privilege? Absolutely not

Can Steve Bannon claim executive privilege? Absolutely not

Steve Bannon appeared this week before the House Intelligence Committee but refused to answer numerous questions, claiming executive privilege. Can he do that? The lawyer’s answer is no. This administration will find no more refuge in claims of executive privilege than the Nixon administration did in the summer of 1974.

Last summer, I wrote in this space about Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions’ executive privilege claims during his congressional testimony regarding the president’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey. Sessions made a classic criminal-defendant mistake when he...

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