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Bush / Spying Scandal #812529

CNN Evening News for Monday, Dec 19, 2005
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(Studio: John King) Report introduced.

(White House: Suzanne Malveaux) President Bush's defense of his top secret domestic wiretapping program on callers in the US featured; details given about tapping messages to suspected terrorists without a warrant & about the constitution issues. [BUSH - states he has the legal authority; asserts we have to be able to act fast; calls disclosing this program a "shameful act" in a time of war.] [Senator Russ FEINGOLD - says he is president, not king.] [Supreme Court legal analyst Thomas GOLDSTEIN†- says Congress will have to solve the problem.] Statement from Senator Jay Rockefeller about limits on the information about the program provided by the president quoted.

(Studio: John King, Jeffrey Toobin) The issue of the legality of the presidential program of secret domestic eavesdropping/wiretapping, the larger issue of asserting presidential power, the unlikely possibility this will get settled in the court discussed.

King, John;
Malveaux, Suzanne;
Toobin, Jeffrey

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