Rev. Gaddy asks Senator Leahy whether the change in control of Congress will affect the makeup of the federal judiciary. “I don’t want the federal judiciary to be an arm of either the Democratic or the Republican Party,” Leahy replies. “If we start allowing it to become politicized, to say nominees have to fit a certain ideology, we will destroy that independence.”
Senator Leahy talks about plans for an oversight hearing with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales next week. The focus of the hearing will be on privacy issues, especially in relation to the NSA wiretapping program. If Gonzales refuses to answer key questions about the program, Senator Leahy says he is prepared to issue subpoenas as a last resort. “Americans are giving up the thing we’ve always prized – our privacy – and I don’t think this is making us safer,” says Leahy.
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