More —- Hitting the Fan: OVP Called to ‘Splain Itself

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Leahy subpoenas the OVP with a compliance deadline of July 18. Watch for:

testimony on the so-called Terrorist Surveillance Program from White House chief of staff Josh Bolton, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Cheney chief of staff David Addington, and National Security Counsel executive director V. Philip Lago.

The committee wants a ton of documents, as well: all documents from September 11, 2001 on the program’s legality; the administration’s filings to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court; deals reached between the administration and “telecommunications companies, internet service providers, equipment manufacturers, or data processors” on potential liability to these companies for complying with the program; everything from the now-famous Comey episode; and more.

And even conservatives aren’t buying the whole “fourth branch of government” theory.