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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 09:10 PM
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Richard Nixon's long-secret Grand Jury testimony released over the objection of Obama Administration


Nixon's long-secret grand jury testimony released
By Kim Geiger
Washington Bureau
November 10, 2011

The National Archives and the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum have unsealed long-secret transcripts and other materials from President Nixons grand jury testimony.

The Archives on Thursday released 26 files from the Watergate Special Prosecution Forces collection of documents, including transcripts and associated materials from the June 1975 grand jury testimony.

Earlier this year, a U.S. district judge ordered the unusual release of the grand jury testimony over the objection of the Obama administration, which argued against the release to protect peoples privacy.

In granting the request for release of the documents, which was submitted by historian Stanley Kutler, Judge Royce Lamberth said it, would likely enhance the existing historical record, foster scholarly discussion and improve the public's understanding of a significant historical event."

Read the full article at:

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-nixon-testimony-20111110,0,6436502.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fnews%2Fpolitics+%28L.A.+Times+-+Politics%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher

Read Nixon's Grand Jury Watergate grand jury testimony at:

http://documents.latimes.com/richard-m-nixon-watergate-grand-jury-testimony/
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markpkessinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 09:19 PM
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1. One really has to wonder about the current administration's motivations for objecting to this n/t
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jaxx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 09:26 PM
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2. Protecting people's privacy.
It took 50 years to start releasing the JFK stuff.
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markpkessinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 09:30 PM
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5. Yeah, so they say. Not buying it. n/t
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Philosopher King Donating Member (269 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 09:26 PM
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3. It is in their interest to protect the doctrine of Executive Privilege.
In fact, they are presently exercising it by refusing to give the Congress subpoenaed Solyndra documents.
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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 09:29 PM
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4. Have they asserted "executive privilege" for very old documents from a different administration?

I'm not so sure about that.

But please link any information you have indicating that.
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Philosopher King Donating Member (269 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 05:19 AM
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8. President George W. Bush first asserted executive privilege
to deny disclosure of sought details regarding former Attorney General Janet Reno,<2> the scandal involving Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) misuse of organized-crime informants James J. Bulger and Stephen Flemmi in Boston, and Justice Department deliberations about President Bill Clinton's fundraising tactics, in December 2001.<8>

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_privilege
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provis99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 12:29 AM
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6. "Executive Privilege" is a completely fictional power.
Made up by those in charge. Has no basis in the Constitution, even though the (corrupt) Supreme Court supports the idea.
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Philosopher King Donating Member (269 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 05:18 AM
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7. I tend to agree, but it is what it is.
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