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Specter Not Satisfied With Gonzales' Explanations for Domestic Spying

February 5, 2006 - Posted at 3:15 p.m. CST

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A top Senate Republican says he's not

satisfied with the U-S attorney general's comments about the

domestic surveillance program.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter says explanations for

failing to obtain warrants have been ``unrealistic'' and a little

``strained.''

Alberto Gonzales has been called to testify at a Senate hearing

tomorrow, and Specter says he can expect some tough questioning.

Specter tells N-B-C's ``Meet the Press'' the Bush administration

might have violated a 1978 law calling for a secretive court to

first approve the monitoring in question.

The Pennsylvania Republican says he's considering requesting

administration documents explaining its legal justification for the

surveillance program.

The administration has defended the policy, pointing to a 2001

congressional resolution authorizing force in the fight against

terrorism.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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