WASHINGTON - January 6 - On December 18, 2005, Congressman Kucinich requested the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) prepare a memo on the legal authority of the president to conduct electronic surveillance without a warrant.
In the conclusion CRS states: "...it appears unlikely that a court would hold that Congress has expressly or impliedly authorized the NSA electronic surveillance operations here under discussion, and it would likewise appear that, to the extent that those surveillances fall within the definition of "electronic surveillance" within the meaning of FISA or any activity regulated under Title III, Congress intended to cover the entire field with these statutes." -CRS Report p. 44
Kucinich issued the following statement on the CRS report: "The President broke the law. That's the definitive finding of the Congressional Research Service (CRS), nonpartisan experts. Congress did not authorize the warrantless wiretaps of Americans and the law doesn't permit the President to sidestep Congress."
View the whole CRS report.