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S. 3334: DOJ OLC Transparency Act

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Are there valid security reasons why as many as 39% of the opinions may be withheld from the public?


The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) was created in 1934 to provide legal advice to both the president and other executive branch agencies. For example, to clarify disputes between two different government departments, or to offer an official position on a potential or pending legal dispute against the president.

In practice, their power has grown in recent decades. “Many important questions relating to the scope of executive power never come before the courts,” Jameel Jaffer wrote for Just Security. “It’s the executive branch that has the last word, and within the executive branch, it’s the OLC.”

Recent prominent OLC opinions under the Trump administration include ...

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Tammy Duckworth

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Illinois. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 25, 2020
Length: 8 pages
Feb 25, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Feb 25, 2020

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Feb 25, 2020

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