WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman says he’s prepared to force telephone company executives to testify about the White House’s eavesdropping program if the Bush administration doesn’t fully cooperate in drafting new rules on what’s allowable.
“If we don’t get some results, I’m prepared to go back to demand hearings and issue subpoenas if necessary,” Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said Sunday on a cable news network.
Specter said he was more hopeful, after talking Thursday with Vice President Dick Cheney, that committee hearings and subpoenas could be avoided.
Specter had threatened to subpoena executives of major phone companies to get them to testify about their cooperation with the National Security Agency. But one company lawyer has told Specter the executives wouldn’t be able to testify about any classified information.
Tell me again why we saved this guy’s bacon the last election cycle? And why we allowed him to become the judicial committee chair?