Excerpt: Feingold Calls for Bush to Be Censured Over Spying

From the Sunday NYT (complete article here):

Feingold Calls for Bush to Be Censured Over Spying

Published: March 12, 2006
WASHINGTON, March 12 — A Democratic senator who is widely believed to be considering a run for the White House in 2008 said today that he would seek to censure President Bush because of his domestic eavesdropping program.

The senator, Russell D. Feingold of Wisconsin, said, “What the president did by consciously and intentionally violating the Constitution and laws of this country with this illegal wiretapping has to be answered.” He added, “Proper accountability is a censuring of the president, saying, ‘Mr. President, acknowledge that you broke the law, return to the law, return to our system of government.’ ”

Mr. Feingold, who spoke on the ABC News program “This Week,” said he planned to introduce legislation on Monday that would censure President Bush and condemn his authorization of the eavesdropping program.

Senator Bill Frist, Republican of Tennessee and the majority leader, called Mr. Feingold’s proposal “a crazy political move.”

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