Nixon Executive Privilege

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The U.S. v. Nixon was a supreme court case involving President Richard Nixon and his democratic running mate George Mcgovern. Near the end of Nixon’s campaign in 1972, a burglary took place in the Democratic campaign office in Washington DC’s watergate complex. Soon after it was discovered that the criminals were affiliated with Nixon, and that he had attempted to cover it up. Also, a private investigation led by congress had uncovered tapes which directly proved that Nixon orchestrated the burglary. Controversy arose when Nixon refused to turn the tapes over to congress; he claimed that executive privilege gave him the right to private communication. The U.S. supreme court ultimately decided that Nixon must hand over the tapes, and that a…show more content…
v. Nixon. However the idea of executive privilege is controversial because it is mentioned nowhere in the U.S. constitution. Because there was is no official law stating the right to executive privilege, I believe it cannot be protected under the law. I also believe that Nixon’s repression of information regarding a political conspiracy was not in the best interest of the American population. However, I believe Nixon's case was crucial to America’s development. The result of Nixon’s trial was the Supreme court decision to reject the practice of unjustified executive authority. This case was important because it caused the supreme court to evaluate a practice of government officials which could potentially be harmful to American citizens. If Nixon had not been indicted by the supreme court, than a future president could easily have justified the concealing of other important information. I believe that the Nixon case may have prevented a future presidential act which would not have been good for the well being of America and its citizens. The ruling that was produced at the conclusion of Nixon’s trial is still effective and relevant

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