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Thomas Jefferson (1743—1826) revolutionary politician and president of the United States of America

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Thomas Jefferson informed Congress in 1803 that he had not spent a fifty‐thousand‐dollar appropriation for gunboats because of the “peaceful turn of events.” From that modest beginning, Richard Nixon in 1973 claimed an “absolutely clear” constitutional right to impound funds.

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