Great pick up from ThinkProgress.org!!! White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan has hinted that the Bush Administration won't cooperate with Congress' hearings into the spying program. This is but one example of the Bush Crime Team's arrogance.
If Idiot Son had his way, there would not be three branches of government. There would only be one: the executive branch. Their disdain for Congress' oversight function is downright disdainful and (NOTE TO ELMER'S BROTHER: It is Un-American. We are a nation of laws and processes, and our government is divided into 3 separate but co-equal branches).
Anyway, on to the exchange:
Q And my question is, does the White House take this into account, will it try to talk to them, will it participate in the hearings?
MR. McCLELLAN: Like I said, and the President has said we’ve briefed members of Congress on more than a dozen occasions.
Q But that’s not what they’re talking about.
MR. McCLELLAN: And in terms of discussions about this, the President talked about this at his end-of-the-year news conference. We shouldn’t be talking about intelligence activities, particularly in a time of war, in a public way. This is a highly classified authorization –
Q Not anymore. I mean, it’s public now.
MR. McCLELLAN: No, it still is. It still is highly classified. The President has talked in a very limited way about the nature of this authorization and what it’s designed to do, and how it’s limited. And so we will continue to talk with members of Congress —
Q Will you cooperate with a congressional hearing?
MR. McCLELLAN: — the Attorney General has been talking to additional members of Congress about this authorization, so that they do understand why this tool is so vital in our efforts to prevail in the global war on terrorism.
Q But will you cooperate with a hearing?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I’m not going to get into talking about ruling things in or out from this podium. We’ll talk with members of Congress and make sure that they’re briefed and kept informed, as we have been.
Check out ThinkProgress: http://thinkprogress.org/2006/01/03/wh-wont-cooperate/