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Charles Pinckney's Council

by lchervinsky (lchervinsky)

Cite as: lchervinsky, ‘Charles Pinckney's Council’ in Lindsay Chervinsky, Advising the President, Quill Project at Pembroke College (Oxford, 2016), item 83.


Charles Pinckney's Plan included provisions for a council to advise the President. The department secretaries, selected by the President, would offer advice on all matters of governing. They would not limit executive power, however, as the council's advice would not be binding. Pinckney hoped that the President's council would preserve transparency. The American public would know who advised the President and who made the final decision. Without an established council, Pinckney feared a secret cabal might emerge to advise the President and the public would lose its ability to provide oversight.

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