Senator says she's asked for opinions on Bush
-- -- Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
(D-CA) today asked four presidential scholars for their opinion on
former White House Counsel John Dean's statement that President Bush
admitted to an "impeachable offense" when he said he authorized the
National Security Agency to spy on Americans without getting a
warrant from a judge.
Boxer said, "I take very seriously Mr. Dean's comments, as I view
him to be an expert on Presidential abuse of power. I am expecting a
full airing of this matter by the Senate in the very near future."
Boxer's letter is as follows:
On December 16, along with the rest of America, I learned that
President Bush authorized the National Security Agency to spy on
Americans without getting a warrant from a judge. President Bush
underscored his support for this action in his press conference
On Sunday, December 18, former White House Counsel John Dean and I
participated in a public discussion that covered many issues,
including this surveillance. Mr. Dean, who was President Nixon's
counsel at the time of Watergate, said that President Bush is "the
first President to admit to an impeachable offense." Today, Mr. Dean
confirmed his statement.
This startling assertion by Mr. Dean is especially poignant because
he experienced first hand the executive abuse of power and a
presidential scandal arising from the surveillance of American
Given your constitutional expertise, particularly in the area of
presidential impeachment, I am writing to ask for your comments and
thoughts on Mr. Dean's statement.
Unchecked surveillance of American citizens is troubling to both me
and many of my constituents. I would appreciate your thoughts on
this matter as soon as possible.
United States Senator
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