Philbin: Executive Privilege Is “A Constitutional Principle Grounded In The Separation Of Powers”

PATRICK PHILBIN: Now, the other night the House managers, when we were here very late last week, they suggested that executive privilege was a distraction and manager Nadler called it, ‘nonsense.’ Not at all. It is a principle recognized by the Supreme Court, a constitutional principle grounded in the separation of powers. They also asserted that this immunity has been rejected by every court that has addressed it, as if to make it seem that lots of courts have addressed this, they’ve all said that this theory just doesn’t fly. That’s not accurate, that’s not true. In fact, in most instances, once the President asserts immunity for a senior advisor, the accommodations process between the executive branch and the legislature begins and there’s usually some compromise.