President Obama Revokes Bush Presidential Records Executive Order

On January 21, in one of his first official acts, President Barack Obama revoked the Bush administration’s Executive Order 13233 that severely limited access by the public to presidential records. A copy of President Obama’s new executive order is not yet available. Additional details and a copy of the new EO will be posted on the National Coalition for History’s website as soon as it is released.

 

The press release from the White House says the following:

 

“The Executive Order on Presidential Records brings those principles to presidential records by giving the American people greater access to these historic documents. This order ends the practice of having others besides the President assert executive privilege for records after an administration ends. Now, only the President will have that power, limiting its potential for abuse. And the order also requires the Attorney General and the White House Counsel to review claims of executive privilege about covered records to make sure those claims are fully warranted by the Constitution.”

 

For more information along with a link to the Executive Order 13233 go to http://historycoalition.org/2009/01/21/president-obama-revokes-bush-presidential-records-executive-order

 

(Source: The National Coalition for History at http://historycoalition.org)

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