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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Name that Solicitor General!

For each of the following two quotes, name the Solicitor General being quoted and the Presidential Administration in which he served!

Quote No. 1 (from January 10, 2001):

Executive privilege. Few recent developments have impeded a president's ability to administer the office effectively more than the climate of investigations and the erosion of executive privilege. In the 1950s, President Eisenhower was lionized for invoking executive privilege to protect executive branch deliberations from investigations by Sen. Joseph McCarthy. From Richard Nixon through Bill Clinton, however, "executive privilege" came to be seen as a euphemism for "cover-up." As demands for information on White House deliberations, including memoranda to the president and staff members' own notes and diaries have multiplied, White House officials have found their ability to confer — even to think — impaired by this lack of confidentiality.

This is unfortunate. As the Supreme Court has recognized, the privilege of protecting the deliberative process within the White House "is fundamental to the operation of Government." Because the country is best served if the president's advisors are free to give him blunt, candid, even harsh, assessments, a president and his principal advisors "must be free to explore alternatives in the process of shaping policies and making decisions and to do so in a way many would be unwilling to express except privately." Democrats in the Congress and the new administration's critics in the press (an institution that zealously guards the confidentiality of its own internal editorial deliberations) should recognize that every team needs the right to huddle, including the president's team.

Quote No. 2 (from March 20, 2007):

Advice given to the president — there is an interest in having a president get unfettered advice from those who speak directly to him and to have what they say to him and what he says back to them shielded, except in fairly strong circumstances.

But that's not necessarily what is being talked about here [with regard to the fired U.S. Attorneys]. The testimony of the White House officials are about conversations that occur between White House officials and Justice Department officials, not necessarily advice given to the president.

Answer: It's former Clinton Administration Solicitor General Walter Dellinger, in both quotes!

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(1) LazyMF made the following comment | Mar 22, 2007 3:59:49 PM | Permalink

I jumped in here to defend his first comment, hoping he was speaking as an advocate for the Clinton administration during its last days. However, both comments were made while he was a Duke law professor.

Hypocrite or intellectual change of positions? Maybe there's a reason he only served as an "acting" solicitor general for a litle over a year.

(2) QWSQWS made the following comment | Mar 22, 2007 11:19:53 PM | Permalink

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