Senate Panel Subpoenas White House Wiretapping Papers
By William Roberts
June 27 (Bloomberg) -- A Senate panel probing the National Security Agency's domestic wiretapping program issued subpoenas to the White House, Vice President Dick Cheney and the Justice Department for documents showing the Bush administration's legal justification for the secret surveillance.
``This committee has made no fewer than nine formal requests to the Department of Justice and to the White House, seeking information and documents about the authorization of and legal justification for this program,'' Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote in letters accompanying the subpoenas.
Those requests were ``rebuffed'' by a ``pattern of evasion and misdirection'' from administration officials, Leahy said.
The panel authorized Leahy to issue subpoenas on the secret surveillance on June 21. The panel is reviewing whether the White House properly developed a legal basis for the classified eavesdropping on the international phone calls and e-mails of suspected terrorist agents that was disclosed in December 2005.
Now watch Cheney claim Executive Privilege, even though he just claimed to not be part of the Executive Branch.