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.
Pretty much the jist of it.
The Executive, at least under Bush, has been fairly accomodating to the other branches. They in turn have sought to seize every last inch of his power. It's a power grab. IMO, this is partly why the President includes in consideration for the judges he places on the bench their approach to the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches. And, this is why Luttig is unlikely to ever be nominated by this President despite some conservatives holding him up as their number one choice. In two decisions that I know of he's contradicted the Executive. One I can semi agree with, another not so much.
As for Specter, he's helping put Alito on the bench. In return he exacts a pound of flesh by stabbing the administration to get face Time and take heat off from his own constituents in voting for Alito. It's dirty politics, but the bottom line is that Specter doesn't have a damn bit of ability to start impeachment hearings. He knows it as well. Unless he suddenly wants to run for the House. Even then he'd be in the minority.
So, it's all talk without ability to follow through. Liberal constituences of his that lap it up and take their focus off the courts are idiots. I welcome their diversion because I want Alito confirmed and Specter is helping that process through, but it's simply bait and switch here. He's protecting his own skin for putting Alito on Court, and Bush will allow it because he gets Alito and Specter has no power to threaten him in this manner.
Guess what, Arlen. You don't have a say in the matter. Investigate all you like, but it won't mean anything because, at the end of the day, you are powerless on this issue.
Sorry but if Bush should be impeached for anything, it should be for supporting that scumbag Specter!
That's just too cute!
I may be mistaken and we certainly don't have all the facts, but it is my understanding that they are monitoring calls made to and from numbers outside the country. Is that your understanding?
"Sen. Arlen Specter, a Republican from Pennsylvania"
This guy can be a first class a@@ sometimes. He should just kept his mouth shut and if this needs investigation, do it. All he did is add more fotter to the RATS playbook.
See my post here Specter wants hearings
Gee, just a few short months ago, Cindy Sheehan was bitching that this President wasn't listening to Americans!!!
cBS radio rolled out Al Gore today, to speak about this, in a spot I heard while driving.
He was just about screaming about how corrupt Bush has been.
I also noted cBS didn't have time for any other viewpoint on the matter.
NO one thinks the president should have a "blank check" on spying, including the president.
Bush was a FOOL to support Specter over Toomey. What a traitorous pain in the butt Specter is.
Oh, so very true.
He no Republican - he the counterfeit - A RINO.
If you watched the Alito hearings - you could see that over 90% of the time - Specter was shaking hands, deeply in conference, or slapping some DemocRat's back.
I believe - he's also the one who called for the hearings coming up that they call "spying on Americans" (conveniently not being called "spying on the terrorists"!)
As the DemocRats look for dirt in their quest of Impeachment hearings of the President, who do you think these hearings help in their wicked plan to attack the President???
Specter is no friend of President Bush!