Some on Hill to Be Briefed on Eavesdropping

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U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says select members of Congress will be briefed about the government's domestic eavesdropping program.


As Martin just mentioned in his report, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has been under pressure to provide Congress with more details about the government's domestic eavesdropping program.

Yesterday, the attorney general said he'll grant selected members of Congress access to secret documents that would shed light on the domestic spying effort.


That announcement comes two weeks after Gonzales appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he faced harsh criticism because he refused to answer specific questions about the oversight of the program.

Ranking members of that committee applauded yesterday's announcement and they said the documents could provide insight on how the government considers evidence when approving requests to spy on people with suspected links to terrorists.

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