A Right to "Know" or a Right to "No"?: Recent Developments in the Law on Congressional Access to Information

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Ahead of the 2016 presidential elections, law professors, former Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), and former House and Senate staffers talked about congressional oversight powers of the executive branch. The panelists provided historical context and discussed overcoming the tension between the two branches of the government, in particular pertaining to accessing information. The September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' 2009-10 “Fast and Furious” gun smuggling sting operation were two of the examples they cited to discuss the relationship and role of the executive and legislative branch.

This event was cosponsored by by The Constitution Project and the Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit.


Dean Weich's comments begin around minute 35 of the video.