Krauthammer: Obama Spying on Netanyahu Something That’s Done in ‘Banana Republics’
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: "That’s a technicality. The real issue is if like Kirsten you define the administration’s leeway as anything that will get through an administration action because it believes in the national security of the United States, including trying to undermine the arguments that the decisions, the discussions of Congress, which is deciding an issue, that is illegitimate. Let’s assume this is not about Israel. Let’s assume it’s about a treaty, about an arms control, that legitimately, Congress has a say in. In the Iran deal, it’s legitimate that Congress had a say in it. It agreed to a process in which Congress could approve or disapprove of the treaty. What the administration is doing is using the spying services of the government under is control, the way you do in banana republics to intervene in the process of private discussions with members of Congress are having. For the purpose of winning over the argument in Congress. That is illegitimate and that ought to be something that should never be done. The administration not only did it, it understood it’s wrong. Which is why it tried to do it. Passively without a paper trail."