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How did U.S. vs. NIXON help define the amount of power each of the three branches of...

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darcyelijah | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted October 25, 2010 at 1:53 PM via web

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How did U.S. vs. NIXON help define the amount of power each of the three branches of our government would have?

Looking for the amount of power within the three branches of our government and how this case impacted how the government operates today.

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william1941 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted October 25, 2010 at 3:04 PM (Answer #1)

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The ruling of United States v. Nixon established a constitutional basis for executive privilege. Executive privilege is not something mentioned in the Constitution but it has been used by Presidents several times to keep government secrets confidential and protect communications between those who constitute the government. The Supreme Court ruling in the constitution United States v. Nixon held that the President is not immune from the judicial process.

Executive privilege provides the President a certain degree of freedom but only if they can prove that its use involves matters of national security or very sensitive information. If the President is subpoenaed by the courts for an investigation the President would have to disclose all the required evidence. Basically it meant that no man was above the law.

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