Turley: Avoid Bush’s Executive Privilege Claim by Investigating NSA Program as a Crime

June 29th, 2007


Via: ThinkProgress:

Yesterday, after years of White House stonewalling, the Senate Judiciary Committee issued subpoenas to the Bush administration for documents related to the warrantless domestic surveillance program.

Today, during a background discussion with reporters, senior Bush administration officials indicated that they would invoke executive privilege in order to deny the NSA documents to Congress, just as they did this morning concerning subpoenas related to the U.S. attorney scandal. “Our response to [the NSA] subpoenas will be the same as our response was before,” said an anonymous official.

But last night on MSNBC’s Countdown, George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley claimed that Congress may be able to “get around the executive privilege in court” by saying “we are investigating a potential crime.” Turley said this was possible because warrantless wiretapping is “a federal crime” that “the president has ordered hundreds of people do.”

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2 Responses to “Turley: Avoid Bush’s Executive Privilege Claim by Investigating NSA Program as a Crime”

  1. Eileen Says:

    Understanding the meaning of the word
    Crime is a big step. My gawd these chickens … What do you need to do- get out the dictionary and spell, then read the meaning of the words crime, impeach, and/or indict?
    Is there something wrong with elected officials in this country that they don’t understand words that begin with the letters “C” and/or “I?”
    Good grief already. Get on with it. Yesterday. Last year. In 2004. In 2001. Right after 9/11/01.
    The glove fits already. If the glove fits you must convict.

  2. DrFix Says:

    Eileen, if there isn’t a bigger bunch of two faced liars on the planet I’m not aware of them. The reason that they’re dragging their complicitly ignorant heels is because Georgie has managed to get the very goodies they themselves long for. So long as they can hem and haw like braying asses, to distract the willingly ignorant, then so be it. They want the same privs because they’re just as corrupt as he is and have nightly wet dreams about wielding that sort of evil power. Its what defines them.

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