Helen Thomas: “You know what happened to Nixon when he broke the law”
Helen Thomas: Does the President think he should obey the law? He put his hand on the Bible twice to uphold the Constitution. Wiretapping is not legal under the circumstances without a warrant.Beautiful!
Scott McClellan: Well, I guess you didn't pay attention to the Attorney General's hearing earlier today, because he walked through very clearly the rationale behind this program. And, Helen, I think you have to ask are we a nation at war --
Thomas: There is no rationale to disobey the law.
McClellan: Well, he's not -- are we a nation at war?
Thomas: That's not the question.
McClellan: No, that is the issue here.
Thomas: No, the question is, the point is there are means for him to go to war, get a warrant to spy on people.
McClellan: Enemy surveillance is critical to waging and winning war. It's one of the traditional tools of war.
Thomas: Nobody says he doesn't have running room to --
McClellan: And the Attorney General outlined very clearly today how previous administrations have used the same authority and cited the same --
Thomas: That doesn't make it legal.
McClellan: -- and cited the very same authority.
Thomas: If they broke the law, that's too bad. You know what happened to Nixon when he broke the law.
McClellan: And we're going to continue doing everything we can within our power to protect the American people. This is a very different circumstance, and you know that.
Thomas: No, I don't.
McClellan: Well, then you should go back and listen to what the Attorney General said, because he laid out the safeguards that are in place, and how it's the career officials at NSA that make the decisions when it comes to this.
Thomas: The President has to obey the law.
Crooks and Liars has the video if you want to see the clip of Thomas making McClellan squirm.