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Biden in 2007: Executive privilege only covers communications between a president and his advisors

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By Doug Powers  •  June 25, 2012 02:30 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

It appears unlikely that Biden’s boss will send him a follow up “well said, Joe” Tweet for this blast from the recent past:

Biden was responding to a question posed by the Boston Globe, which asked Biden, “Does executive privilege cover testimony or documents about decision-making within the executive branch not involving confidential advice communicated to the president himself?”

Biden delivered an unqualified response.

“The executive privilege only covers communications between the president and his advisors,” Biden said in a Boston Globe interview published in Dec. 20, 2007. “Even when the privilege does apply, it is not absolute; it may be outweighed by the public’s interest in the fair administration of justice.”

Biden, then serving as a U.S. senator from Delaware and seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, was speaking about President Bush and the issues of warrantless surveillance and interrogation of terror suspects in his interview with the Globe.

Biden said that in the same year then-Senator Obama knocked the Bush administration for trying to “hide behind executive privilege.”

Tomorrow, Biden visits Waterloo. Insert your own campaign metaphor joke here.

**Written by Doug Powers

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