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Bartlett Falsely Claims Every Member of Congress Briefed Supported Bush’s Surveillance Program

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This morning on CNN, White House counselor Dan Bartlett said that every member of Congress who was briefed on Bush’s warrantless domestic surveillance program agreed the program was legal and necessary:

We went to Congress. We talked to the chairman and the ranking member of the intelligence committee. We talked to the leadership, both Republican and Democrat, House and Senate. These very discussions happened three to four years ago…The fact of the matter is, everybody came to the same conclusion, that what the president was doing was legal and was necessary.

Actually, that’s not true. The Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence was briefed in 2003. He responded with a personal letter to Vice President Richard Cheney saying that he could not support the program. Sen. Rockefeller said I am “unable to evaluate, much less endorse these activities.