John McCain’s take on Bush’s illegal wiretaps really hits the nail on the head. If the president needs more authority, he should come to congress and explain why. They’re not going to turn down a legitimate request. Since the president did not come to congress or a judge to request authority to spy on Americans, he has broken the law.
Crooks and Liars: “WALLACE: But you do not believe that currently he has the legal authority to engage in these warrant-less wiretaps.
MCCAIN: You know, I don’t think so, but why not come to Congress? We can sort this all out. I don’t think- I know of no member of Congress, frankly, who, if the administration came and said here’s why we need this capability, that they wouldn’t get it. And so let’s have the hearings…”