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Snow responds to wiretapping subpoenas.

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Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee issued subpoenas for documents related to the White House’s warrantless surveillance program. Today, White House spokesperson Tony Snow called the subpoenas “outrageous” and alleged that Congress was kept “fully informed all along the route:”

SNOW: [L]et’s just say it’s an outrageous request. What you have is a program that was briefed to members of Congress. Members of Congress were kept fully informed all along the route, as well as on the legal justifications and the legal findings behind them. … it is pretty clear that, again, members of Congress here are engaged in an attempt…to try to do what they can to make life difficult for the White House.

Snow’s claim is false. As ThinkProgress has noted, both former senator Bob Graham, who was chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and his successor Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), said the briefings were inadequate and did not convey that the Bush administration would “abandon the FISA process and utilize warrantless intercepts of conversations.”