Senators Issue Bi-partisan Demand to Gonzales to Hand Over Wiretap Documents

22 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Senators Issue Bi-partisan Demand to Gonzales to Hand Over Wiretap Documents</h1><p>May 22 (LPAC)--"The stonewalling by you and the Administration must end," Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was told today by Sen. Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Arlen Specter, the senior Republican on the committee, as they demanded that Gonzales finally turn over the documents concerning the Administration's warrantless wiretapping program.</p><p>In a letter to the Attorney General, Leahy and Specter wrote: "This Committee has made no fewer than eight formal requests over the past 18 months--to the White House, the Attorney General, or other Department of Justice officials--seeking documents and information related to this surveillance program.... You have rebuffed all requests for documents and your answers to our questions have been wholly inadequate and, at times, misleading."</p><p>"Your consistent stonewalling and misdirection have prevented this Committee from carrying out its constitutional oversight and legislative duties for far too long," the Senators state, in setting a deadline of June 5 for Gonzales to provide them with documents concerning President Bush's authorization and re-authorization of the domestic surveillance program, including analysis and legal opinions.</p><p>And, providing for the possibility that the surveillance program that former Deputy Attorney General James Comey was discussing in last week's testimony was something different, (See:)and broader, than the program that the Administration has so far acknowledged.</p></div></body>