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Bipartisan House report finds that Bush made ‘inappropriate’ use of executive privilege.

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A bipartisan report released today by the House Oversight Committee finds that President Bush made a ‘legally unprecedented and an inappropriate use of executive privilege” when the administration withheld Patrick Fitzgerald’s interview with Vice President Cheney on the CIA leak scandal. A separate report also criticizes Bush’s assertion of executive privilege regarding his recent climate change and Clean Air Act decisions:

On CIA leak scandal: “The assertion of executive privilege prevents the Committee from having access to a complete set of records and thus results in the Committee’s inability to assess fully the actions of the Vice President.

On the environment: “The assertion of executive privilege under these circumstances has stymied the Committee’s investigation of the [California] waiver and ozone decisions. For these reasons, the Committee finds that the President’s assertion of executive privilege is wrong and an abuse of the privilege.