Skip to comments.Specter says no 'blank check' for Bush on spying
Posted on 01/15/2006 4:15:00 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee promised a thorough investigation on Sunday into President George W. Bush's secret domestic eavesdropping program and said there would be no blank check for Bush.
Sen. Arlen Specter, a Republican from Pennsylvania, said Bush in theory could face impeachment charges if found to have violated the law by authorizing the program, but he did not endorse that approach and had heard no serious talk of it.
News of the covert domestic spying program last month sparked an outcry by both Democrats and some members of Bush's Republican party. Many lawmakers and rights groups questioned whether it violates the U.S. Constitution.
The judiciary committee has scheduled hearings on the issue and U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has said he will testify on the administration's legal justification. The operation includes eavesdropping on U.S. phone calls and reading e-mails. The hearings are expected next month.
"We're going to explore it in depth," Specter said on ABC television's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos."
"I don't see any talk about impeachment here," Specter said. "I don't think anybody doubts that the president is making a good faith effort, that he sees a real problem as we all do, and he's acting in a way that he feels he must."
Still, the senator insisted, "we're not going to give him a blank check, and just because we're of the same party doesn't mean we're not going to look at this very closely."
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Oh puhlease!!! Has there been a day since he was elected that this wasn't mentioned?
Surely Sen. Specter, there must be some obscure Scottish Law which allows this. Besides, take the Attorney General to task over this, he's the one who gave the go-ahead and said it was legal.
Arlen doing what he does best.
Getting himself more face time.
Just one more volley in the never ending struggle between the legislative and the executive. The three branches are designed to be equal, but the judiciary and congress consider themselves more equal than the executive branch. It is time both are forced to swallow the big reality pill that G.W. has prepared for them.
Specter? He is a disloyal, egoist bastard that forgets who brought him to the dance. That last statement is my entry into the obvious understatement of the day award. Snarlin' is no different than any other of the arrogant pricks that plague us all.
The hearing before the Judiciary Committee should be a hoot since they can only discuss the law and Constitution as it would apply to hypotheticals since the Judiciary Committee does not have the security clearance to discuss the facts. I don't think they can even call anybody from the NSA or CIA and ask them questions (at least in open session) as to what was done.
Gonzalez should explain the law to Spincter in terms the Senator can understand by citing some obscure Scottish law.
overstepped his bounds? How? What the CIA is doing w.r.t monitoring international calls has been done for years. If you don't believe the CIA should be spying then why have a CIA?
LOL....that's good!!! I love it.
A blank check from Abramoff is perfectly acceptable, however...
This will be good. Please pass the popcorn!
Talk down around the pool hall is that there is an obscure Scottish law that requires the release of the Barrett report. Suck on that, Spec.
A President's war powers are plenary, which means, "Complete in all respects; unlimited or full". Given that, how did the President "overstep his bounds"?
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Snarlin' Arlen is a "Democrat" of the "former" variety.
A RINO, that is, who was a self-serving crook when he "used to be" a "Democrat" and has consistently been a self serving RINO crook ever since!
And is of course indistinguishable from any other "former" [RINO] "Democrat" and is as ever undermining the president.
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