Hagel: Bush Can't Violate The Law: Blasts Karl Rove Also

Sen. Chuch Hagel was on THIS Week and blasted Karl Rove's politicization of terrorism and criticized the administration for attempting to use it to w

Sen. Chuch Hagel was on THIS Week and blasted Karl Rove's politicization of terrorism and criticized the administration for attempting to use it to win elections: (rough transcript)
Hagel: National Security should never be held hostage to a political party, or a political issue or to an election-The American people expect more...

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STEPHANOPOULOS: Is that what Rove is doing?

Hagel: I didn't like what Mr. Rove said because it frames terrorism...

More and more republicans are speaking out against Bush's warrantless eavesdropping.

Think Progress:

HAGEL: I don't believe, from what I've heard, but I’m going to give the administration an opportunity to explain it, that he has the authority now to do what he’s doing. Now, maybe he can convince me otherwise, but that’s OK.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But not yet.

HAGEL: Not yet. But that's OK. If he needs more authority, he just can't unilaterally decide that that 1978 law is out of date and he will be the guardian of America and he will violate that law. He needs to come back, work with us, work with the courts if he has to, and we will do what we need to do to protect the civil liberties of this country and the national security of this country...read on

Roy has more:

"They were loyal conservatives, and Bush appointees. They fought a quiet battle to rein in the president's power in the war on terror. And they paid a price for it. A NEWSWEEK investigation....read on


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