What Are Contempt of Congress and Executive Privilege?

The U.S. Congress has the power to demand testimony and documents and to hold accountable those who refuse to comply. Presidents can wield the power known as executive privilege to declare swaths of information off-limits to the legislative branch. This clash between two co-equal branches of government is playing out as Congress tries to get information on the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. Stephen Bannon, the former adviser to then-President Donald Trump, has been indicted for defying subp

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