Senior Republican to Bush: say "exactly what happened" - Yahoo! News
"Sen. Arlen Specter, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on Fox News Sunday that 'there's been enough of a showing here with what's been filed of record in court that the president of the United States owes a specific explanation to the American people.
'The president has the authority to declassify information. So in a technical sense, if he looked at it, he could say this is declassified, and make a disclosure of it,' said Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, speaking from Cartagena, Colombia.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan has insisted that Bush had the authority to declassify intelligence and rejected charges from Democrats that he did so selectively for political purposes.
But Specter urged Bush to address the topic himself.
'I think that it is necessary for the president and the vice president to tell the American people exactly what happened,' he said.
'There has to be a detailed explanation precisely as to what Vice President (Dick) Cheney did, what the president said to him, and an explanation from the president as to what he said so that it can be evaluated,' said Specter."