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Executive privilege is the power of the president of the united states and other members of the executive branch of the united states government to resist certain subpoenas and other interventions by the legislative and judicial branches of government in pursuit of information or personnel relating to confidential communications that would impair governmental functionsexecutive privilege the right of the president of the united states to withhold information from congress or the courts historically presidents have claimed the right of executive privilege when they have information they want to keep confidential either because it would jeopardize national security or because disclosure would be contrary to the interests of the executive branchexecutive privilege principle in the united states derived from common law that provides immunity from subpoena to executive branch officials in the conduct of their governmental duties although the term executive privilege was coined by the administration of pres dwight d eisenhower in thethe privilege that allows the president and other high officials of the executive branch to keep certain communications private if disclosing those communications would disrupt the functions or decision making processes of the executive branch as demonstrated by the watergate hearings this privilege does not extend to information germane to a criminal investigationexecutive privilege definition is exemption from legally enforced disclosure of communications within the executive branch of government when such disclosure would adversely affect the functions and decision making processes of the executive branch

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