On the heels of a letter from House Judiciary Committee leaders, Senate Judiciary Committee's heads Patrick Leahy and Arlen Specter wrote to the Attorney General demanding information about the illegal NSA domestic spying program:
"The Committee on the Judiciary is charged with overseeing and legislating on constitutional protections, civil and criminal justice, civil liberties, and the Judiciary, all subjects that this matter impacts. We intend to do our job.
"This Committee has made no fewer than eight formal requests over the past 18 months ? to the White House, the Attorney General, or other Department of Justice officials ? seeking documents and information related to this surveillance program. These requests have sought the Executive Branch legal analysis of this program and documents reflecting its authorization by the President. You have rebuffed all requests for documents and your answers to our questions have been wholly inadequate and, at times, misleading."