Bush OK with congressional probe into spy program

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita In Louisville, Bush hosted a casual, town hall-type event reminiscent of his campaign stops. Bush paced, with microphone in hand, like a talk show host in front of signs that left no doubt about the administration’s message of the day: “Winning the War on Terror.” Bush’s approval rating bumped up slightly to 42 percent in December, but it remains low, with 40 percent of Americans approving and 59 percent disapproving of the way he’s doing his job, according to the latest AP-Ipsos poll conducted the first week of January. After his opening remarks, Bush fielded about 10 questions from the audience of invited groups. White House press secretary Scott McClellan said the questions were not prescreened. Bush said no topics were off-limits, and even invited a question about Iran, but nobody asked one. Instead, the audience wanted to know about the war, terrorism and a host of domestic issues, including health care, education and immigration. Bush acknowledged differences over Iraq. “Whether you agree with me or not, we’re doing the right thing,” Bush said, adding that terrorists or insurgents fighting democratic reform in Iraq are “not going to shake my will.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After initial reservations, President George W. Bush said Wednesday that he isn’t bothered by congressional hearings into his domestic spying program as long as they don’t aid the enemy. “That’s good for democracy,” Bush said, provided the hearings don’t “tell the enemy what we’re doing.” In the days after the secret wiretapping without warrants was revealed, Bush cautioned against hearings, saying that congressional leaders had been privately consulted and that he had worked within the law to authorize eavesdropping on Americans with suspected ties to terrorists. Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., has promised hearings on the issue, and the Senate Intelligence Committee could also investigate. House Democrats have asked their Intelligence Committee for hearings, and Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee plan to hold a forum on the monitoring program’s legal ramifications on Jan. 20. last_img read more