WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday that he had asked Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales to testify publicly on the legality of President Bush's top-secret domestic spying program.
A prominent conservative on the committee said he was troubled by the legal arguments the Bush administration had presented for authorizing the National Security Agency to conduct surveillance on people in the U.S. without getting warrants from a special federal court established to approve them.
Bush has pointed to the congressional resolution that authorized the use of military force against Iraq as giving him the power to order the program.
But GOP Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas said, "There was no discussion in anything that I was around that gave the president a broad surveillance authority with that resolution."