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1/ This sort of tell-all has become the norm, so we rarely ask some obvious questions: Why do officials think it's ok to publish accounts of confidential presidential communications, even while the POTUS is in office (& even on nat'l security matters!)?

2/ ... Do government employment contracts and regs purport to regulate such post-employment disclosures? And how, if at all, does/should the ubiquity of such memoirs/disclosures affect the doctrine of executive privilege as it's been developed by courts and DOJ?
3/ Does it undermine the presumptions and predicates underlying the privilege (i.e., that the POTUS's expectation of nondisclosure is crucial for candor in such communications)? How should it affect the "balancing" test the SCOTUS has prescribed? Etc.
4/ P.S. This isn't a Trump-specific point: It happens in *every* administration. A lot. Contrast that with, e.g., the strong norm against disclosures from within the SCOTUS--and even far fewer contemporaneous memoirs about confidential discussions in Congress
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