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In re Lindsey
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
158 F.3d 1263 (1998)
In 1998, independent counsel was investigating whether President Bill Clinton and other executive officials had violated federal law by committing perjury or obstructing justice. The grand jury subpoenaed Deputy White House Counsel Bruce R. Lindsey to provide testimony. Lindsey refused to answer certain questions, alleging that the communication was protected by various disclosure privileges, including the government attorney-client privilege and the president’s personal attorney-client privilege. Independent counsel moved to compel the testimony. The district court granted the motion, ruling that the government attorney-client privilege was overcome by a showing of need and that the personal attorney-client privilege was not applicable. The president appealed. In response, independent counsel petitioned the United States Supreme Court to review the matter. The Supreme Court deferred the matter to the court of appeals.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per curium)
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