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With the 116th Congress up and running, President Trump is facing meaningful congressional oversight for the first time. On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee embarked on a major investigative mission, sending letters to 81 witnesses seeking documents and testimony relating to possible “obstruction of justice, public corruption and other abuses of power” by Mr. Trump and his administration.

But the White House shows no signs of rolling over. It has indicated for months that it is prepared to assert the president’s executive privilege to keep congressional investigators from gathering information about Mr. Trump — including his conversations with high-level advisers.

Will the White House be able to use executive privilege to successfully block investigators from getting information? When executive privilege and congressional oversight collide, who wins?

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The New York Times


White House, Congress, Donald Trump, Executive Privilege


Constitutional Law | Law