United States vs. Nixon

United States vs. Nixon

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  • WATERGATE
  • Who knew that it would be this easy to break into the Democratic National Committee's headquarters?
  • POLICE
  • Say hi to your new friends in prison!
  • POLICE
  • You boys are going to prison. 
  • You got it boss! We know one thing already. Mr. President Richard Nixon was involved in this.
  • Hi Mr. Archibald Cox. Will you investigate this Watergate scandal for me? You're the only one who can do the job right.
  • Where did this subpoena come from?
  • SUBPOENA
  • With this subpoena, Mr. President has to release all of his tape recordings with those from the Oval Office.
  • I have executive privilege. I have the right to withhold all the information in my tape recordings so that I can preserve executive confidentiality and secure the national interest.
  • No. Neither the doctrine of separation of powers or the need for confidentiality of high-level communications can sustain an absolute, unqualified, presidential privilege. 
  • Judge, is the President's right to safeguard certain information, using his "executive privilege" or confidentiality power, entirely immune from judicial review.
  • I'll have to resign now that they'll be hearing all my tape recordings.
  • The Supreme Court's decision limited the power of any U.S. president to claim executive privilege. In other words, the US. president cannot withhold all of their private information, especially in military and diplomatic affairs.
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