Thursday, February 28, 2008
Leahy Lashes Out At Bush Over FISA
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., today compared White House officials to "little children playing with matches" over their refusal to compromise over wiretapping legislation.
He also accused Republicans of using the debate over revisions to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to attack Democrats on national security issues, even though Democrats support most of the substantive changes to the current law.
Leahy warned that the White House should know that the consequences of playing with fire "can be very severe."
The real stumbling block continues to be the Bush administration's insistence that the phone companies that participated in a secret wiretapping program receive legal immunity, something House Democrats have consistently rejected.
"The President once again is misusing his bully pulpit," Leahy said at this morning's Senate Judiciary Committee meeting. "Once again his purpose is not to help the Congress and the country reach consensus on a sensible law, but to tell Congress to set aside its legislative process and to merely take the administration's dictation."
Leahy was responding to comments made by President Bush at a press conference this morning, in which Bush called once again for Congress to grant immunity to the phone companies.