Governor claims ‘executive privilege,’ denies public records

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    Judi Lynn
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    BY KIMBERLEE KRUESI AND JONATHAN MATTISE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    JANUARY 13, 2020 07:05 PM

    FILE – In this Jan. 7, 2020, file photo, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee speaks to the media during a tour of Cleveland High School in Cleveland, Tenn. Lee’s administration has invoked executive privilege multiple times to withhold documents from public records requests, even though such privilege is not defined in the state’s law, nor mentioned in its constitution. CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS VIA AP, FILE

    ROBIN RUDD
    NASHVILLE, TENN.

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s administration has invoked executive privilege multiple times to withhold documents from public records requests, even though such privilege is not defined in the state’s law, nor mentioned in its constitution.

    Officials in Lee’s office say they are using it interchangeably with a separate protection when documents are deemed part of the executive office’s decision-making process.

    Supreme courts in a handful of states have upheld a governor’s right to claim executive privilege in some circumstances.

    According to documents provided by Lee’s team, “executive privilege” was cited three times during 2019 —the Republican’s first year in office — when denying certain documents from being released to the public.

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    https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article239254488.html

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    Could someone tell me what questions are not being answered because of Executive Privilege?

    Did a DuckDuckGo search and lots of news agencies are running this Associated Press story…

    If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields

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      Cannot find any info either. Just repetition and circling statements.What was asked for?

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  • #250379

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    Could somebody show me any constitution, state or U.S., where Executive Privilege is written, particularly pre- 2001 or so?

    All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.

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    Why do so many Republican office holders seem think their word is law, as if they are like the kings of old, regardless of what the settled, written down law actually says?
    Our government no longer has a fear of the people. That needs to change.

    We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.

    If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.

    Both major political parties are special interest groups enabling each other for power and money, at the expense of the people they no longer properly serve…

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      Huge plus one!

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    Ohio Barbarian
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    Executive privilege originally meant the President had the privilege of taking the first dump in the White House privy.

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