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MSNBC: There’s Precedent for Trump Admin Trying to Block Sally Yates from Testifying

A panel on MSNBC Tuesday said that precedent exists for the Trump White House’s attempt to prevent former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates from testifying before the House Intelligence Committee.

“It’s not new for a White House to claim executive privilege,” NPR’s White House Correspondent Tamara Keith said.

Host Hallie Jackson responded, “Not at all, and let’s put [the Trump administration’s claim] into context, too, because that’s something we’ve seen other presidents do.”

“We’ve seen the Obama administration do it. We’ve seen lots of presidents claim executive privilege,” Keith added.

Keith and Jackson explained that executive privilege performed the same function as attorney-client privilege, protecting the executive branch from examination of their communications with their attorneys general.

However, Kelsey Snell of The Washington Post explained that the move gifted “a huge talking point to people like Chuck Schumer who is looking for any opportunity to call hypocrisy on Republicans.”

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the White House attempted to prevent Yates from testifying on Trump-Russia connections before the House Intelligence Committee.