President Trump has the right, according to Alan Dershowitz, to invoke the executive's privilege, even when it comes to the former communications director of the White House.
Congressional legislators often claim that presidents are in many cases not "above the law" These cases, but the congress itself is not "above the law," Dershowitz told host Laura Ingraham in Fox News, "The Ingraham Angle ".
"Every branch of government has some form of executive privilege," Dershowitz said Wednesday night. "The president has the right to appeal to the executive privilege, if they think it's going too far … let the courts decide."
"The president has the right to appeal to the executive privilege. If they think it's going too far, let the courts decide. "
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" In the current matter, all three branches of government have privileges, "he continued. You can not call a court clerk at the Supreme Court and ask the court clerk, "What did you discuss with the judiciary?" Imagine you were trying to call legislators from senators or congressmen, and the same congressmen calling for [Hicks] speaking would be in the air. "
Dershowitz argued that there was a danger of weakening the power of privilege in all three branches of government in cases where such authority would be called into question."
"The danger is that you will have the executive and legislative powers
"That would be a major threat Structural impact on the government and on civil liberties.
Hicks was interviewed Wednesday by members of the House Judiciary Committee as part of the review of allegations of disability and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russia's closed-door investigation.
Some Democrats complained that Hicks – who is now Chief Communications Officer at Fox Corp. – was ordered by the White House to remain q as Trump's adjutant over her time
"She is protesting against things already contained in the public record," Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif said, "It's pretty ridiculous."
On Wednesday, Jerrold Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, declined to comment on the content of the interview: "I'm just saying that Ms. Hicks answers questions she has been asked and the interview continues.
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In a letter to Nadler, Pat Cipollone of The White House wrote that Trump had told Hicks not to answer any questions. " At the time of her service as Senior Advisor to the President. "
Cipollone said Hicks was" completely immune "to enforced statements regarding her service to the president because of the separation of power between the executive and the legislature." Similarly, the White House has given broad executive privilege to many of the Democrats' investigative demands and used the power of the President to withhold information to protect the confidentiality of the Oval Office's decision-making process.
Fox News "Andrew O" Reilly has contributed to this report.