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Propriety of Asserting a Governmental Privilege in Response to a Court Order


Both the common law governmental pnvilege and the constitutionally based executive privilege may be asserted to protect certain documents reflecting the deliberation of close presidential advisers from disclosure in response to a court order.

Updated July 9, 2014