Democrats Propose Secrecy for Presidential Records

Monday, 03 Oct 2011 02:41 PM

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Seventeen House Democrats, led by Rep. Edolphus Towns of New York, have proposed a bill that would establish a path former presidents could take to keep their presidential records private, The Hill reports.

The legislation would amend the Presidential Records Act to let former presidents claim a "constitutionally based privilege" against disclosing presidential records. The current president would be in charge of judging the claim.

President George W. Bush issued an executive order in 2001 that included many elements of the Towns bill. The new legislation would solidify the protections into law, making it more difficult to change them in the future.

It would seem that Democrats are trying to protect President Barack Obama when he leaves office, but Towns didn’t issue a statement explaining the rationale behind the bill.



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