Miller Center

Defending the Presidency

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John Harrison
November 10, 2006
2:00PM (EST)

John Harrison
John Harrison

Though often referred to as the "president's lawyer," the White House Counsel also bears responsibility for defending the institutional and constitutional prerogatives of the presidency. This panel explored the role of the White House Counsel in defending the presidency, and the challenges that come with such a responsibility. Among the issues covered were executive privilege, congressional investigations, impeachment, independent counsel, and dealing with an opposition Congress.


  • Nancy Kassop, State University of New York at New Paltz
  • Joseph Onek, Carter Deputy White House Counsel
  • Mark J. Rozell, George Mason University
  • Jane Sherburne, Clinton Special Counsel
  • Peter Wallison, Reagan White House Counsel


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