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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Nixon Tapes Cartoon

In 1973-4 President Nixon was claiming that he could withhold the White House tapes from Congress because of Executive Privilege.  That theory is that the President can withhold some things or else the Executive would not be an independent Branch of Government. The Supreme Court ruled (I think unanimously) that Nixon's concept of executive privilege was larger than was justified and ordered him to give over the tapes.

Bob Taylor of the Dallas Times Herald drew a cartoon which was among the best I have ever seen.
It shows Nixon sitting atop an roughly constructed (i.e. extra constitutional) structure labeled executive privilege branch which is itself sitting on the Executive Branch.

I wish I had a cleaner copy.

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