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. â€œOur response to [the NSA] subpoenas will be the same as our response was before,â€ said an anonymous official.
But last night on MSNBCâ€™s Countdown, George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley claimed that Congress may be able to â€œget around the executive privilege in courtâ€ by saying â€œwe are investigating a potential crime.â€ Turley said this was possible because warrantless wiretapping is â€œa federal crimeâ€ that â€œthe president has ordered hundreds of people do.â€
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