Two prominent Republicans – Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM) and Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) — this week came out in support of congressional investigation and oversight into President Bush’s warrantless surveillance program.
What the traditional media has ignored thus far is that new Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) supports a congressional investigation as well. He announced his support on a blogger conference call last week:
Jon Henke: Mr. Congressman, on the NSA warrantless surveillance issue, do you believe the President has the inherent authority to do what he has been doing? Or do you think we need to codify the process somehow?
Rep. John A. Boehner: I think that it’s unclear to me. Now the President, clearly, and his people believe that they have the ability to do this and frankly I’m very interested in hearings to see in how, I mean they’ve attempted to justify it, but frankly I want to make, if it’s not clear in the law or Constitution today, it ought to be made clear in a law or the Constitution that he can do this and what the limits are. But at this point, I’m not, it’s not clear in my mind under that he has, under what authority he has to get it done.
Jon Henke: Would you support an investigation to look into that question?
Rep. John A. Boehner: I would. I’d think it would be of interest of all Americans to get to the bottom of how does this happen? Under what authority? And what are the protections?
Someone also may want to notify Karl Rove.