Frist threatens to block NSA hearings
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist warned the Senate Intelligence Committee not to hold hearings on the NSA domestic spying scandal.
Glenn Greenwald explains the threat Frist is holding over the committee:
Frist specifically threatened that if the Committee holds NSA hearings, he will fundamentally change the 30-year-old structure and operation of the Senate Intelligence Committee so as to make it like every other Committee, i.e., controlled and dominated by Republicans to advance and rubber-stamp the White House’s agenda rather than exercise meaningful and nonpartisan oversight.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is uniquely structured to preserve the power of the minority party within the committee.
As Glenn says:
These are truly desperate and extreme measures to block an investigation of the President’s conduct. Sen. First is literally threatening the Committee not to exercise oversight over the President’s warrantless eavesdropping on Americans