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March 26, 2004

A Question


[Condoleezza] Rice has come under heavy criticism for refusing to testify before the commission under oath or in public. She said Wednesday on "NBC Nightly News" that she had a responsibility to protect the presidentís constitutional guarantee of executive privilege, arguing that the president could not rely on his advisers to speak to him openly if they could be questioned about their advice to him.

Honestly, I don't understand how the issues of executive privilege or 'separation of powers' as invoked by the administration hinge on whether or not Rice testifies under oath. Wouldn't we expect the truth to be told in either case? Isn't the issue of executive privilege one of maintaining privacy or security (a separate discussion in itself) rather than of preserving the possibility of plausible deniability for public servants?

"A Question"
Posted by Dan at 10:57 AM


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MSNBC: Rice expected to meet with 9/11 panel