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Doug Kmiec, a constitutional law professor at Pepperdine law school and expert on executive privilege, told TPMmuckraker that the order makes it harder for former presidents to block the release of their documents.
And, crucially, he said it could impact current high-profile struggles over Bush's records, "whether it be the dismissal of US Attorneys, whether it be other assertions of executive privilege dealing with White House emails and the like."...
"If the Archivist were to make a determination that those materials would be made public," explained Kmiec, "then holding it back would take something extraordinary," in terms of an argument from the former president.
Kmiec's view is supported by open-government advocates. Scott Nelson of Public Citizen believes, in the words of the Associated Press, that"researchers should find it easier to gain access to records under the new order." And yesterday, Anne Weissman of CREW, which unsuccessfully brought a lawsuit against Dick Cheney's office to compel him to hand over records to the Archives, told TPMmuckraker that the order"does have the potential to impact ongoing litigation," including over the US Attorney documents.
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