In 1974 when Nixon refused to turn over tapes regarding the Watergate scandal, citing executive privilege, the Supreme Court (United States V. Nixon) affirmed the use of executive privilege, but ruled the right of the U.S. people to full disclosure outweighed the president's right to secrecy.

 Although the Court recognized the president's authority to assert executive privilege, it ruled that the USE OF EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE IS LIMITED, NOT ABSOLUTE.

Nixon, of course, subsequently resigned. Nixon’s actions are pale in comparison to what Trump has done and continues to do on a daily basis. He has abused the powers of the Office of the President and disregarded the U.S. Constitution, with essentially no congressional Republican push-back whatsoever! His use of “executive privilege” has been overused and abused!

The purpose of executive privilege was NOT intended to cover up his, or any other president’s corrupt and/or illegal activities. HIS use of “Executive Privilege” is better and more accurately translated as “OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE.

Trump has referred to himself as the “most transparent president probably in the history of this country” and said, “I don’t do cover-ups.”; more lies. If there were no attempts at coverups and obstruction of justice, then why NOT comply with the 1924 tax law, why offer presidential pardons to those he wants to remain quiet about his businesses and administration?

Why NOT allow former and current aides and others in his administration to testify before Congress, why prevent Congress from viewing various documents in their entirety, why hire people like AG Barr to “re-orient” the truth or present the facts in misleading terms and what about the money he paid Michael Cohen to cover up his affair with Stormy Daniels?

These actions and Trump’s most recent one, to cooperate with Democrats only if they agree to drop all investigations regarding him are actions of a desperate person only trying to hide his guilt!

It’s quite apparent that many Republicans in Congress have forgotten some or all of the words in their oath of office “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. What now resides in the Oval Office is, in fact, A DOMESTIC ENEMY threatening our democracy!

Steve Bevan,

Pocatello