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King Milhous I

As President Richard Nixon attempted to withhold the Watergate tapes from Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworsky, Nixon’s attorney, James St. Clair, famously told the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit: “The President wants me to argue that he is as powerful a monarch as Louis XIV, only four years at a time, and is not subject to the processes of any court in the land except the court of impeachment.” When the case of United States v. Nixon reached the U.S. Supreme Court, the court ruled unanimously that “executive privilege” did not completely insulate the president’s communications from subpoena in a criminal case.
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