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View Diary: Dobson: Waiting for A Signal from God (206 comments)

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  •  Brief explanation (none)
    Privilege works like this: under oath, an attorney cannot testify to communications between the attorney and client.  In this case, the WH could claim (rightfully) that since Miers is the White House Counsel, any communications, documents, etc. made during her term are privileged.

    HOWEVER, once those communications and work product are shown to an outside person (Dobson, in this case), or if the outside person is a party to discussions, etc., then the communications are NOT privileged.  The cat is out of the bag.

    Of course, this only applies to what Dobson was privy to, which is why Senate has to subpeona him.

    •  Wait a minute (none)
      Didn't something like this come up back during the Clinton years? Personal attorney-client stuff gets privelege, but a White House counsel works for the government (i.e. the public) and is not covered by such privelege. That's the way I kind of recall that being ruled.

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