Timelines
Executive Privilege

  • 1781
    Articles Of Confederation Separate Powers

  • 1787
    U.S. Constitution Is Written And Ratified

  • 1789
    Washington Takes Presidential Oath

  • 1792
    Washington Vetos Bill On Apportioning House

  • 1803
    'Marbury v. Madison' Asserts Judicial Review
    Jefferson Expands U.S. With Louisiana Purchase

  • 1861
    Lincoln Suspends Writ Of Habeas Corpus

  • 1863
    Emancipation Proclamation Is First Executive Order

  • 1926
    President Has Power to Dismiss Executive Officers

  • 1936
    Court: President Has Discretion In Foreign Affairs

  • 1952
    Presidential Wartime Powers Curtailed

  • 1953
    Court Accepts Executive Privilege On National Security

  • 1954
    Eisenhower Invokes Executive Privilege

  • 1974
    Court Finds Executive Privilege Not Absolute

  • 1986
    Court Clarifies Congressional Powers

  • 1998
    Clinton's Executive Privilege Claim Rejected

  • 2007
    Bush, Congress Clash On Executive Privilege