Cheney Shielded Bush From FISA Crisis

Barton Gellman, The Washington Post: "What Addington wrote for Bush that day was more transcendent than that. He drew up new language in which the president relied on his own authority to certify the program as lawful. Bush expressly overrode the Justice Department and any act of Congress or judicial decision that purported to constrain his power as commander in chief. Only Richard M. Nixon, in an interview after leaving the White House in disgrace, claimed authority so nearly unlimited. The specter of future prosecutions hung over the program, now that Justice had ruled it illegal. 'Pardon was in the air,' said one of the lawyers involved."

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