NewsNation | February 07, 2013
>> of the senate intelligence committee . questioning brennan . thank you for your time.
>> thank you.
>> your colleague lindsey graham said in part to his comments to our own casey hunt we should be totally supportive of the president's actions. i also want to play what john bolton said regarding the obama counterterrorism effort. let me play it and get your reaction to both of those.
>> the approach that the obama administration is following is consistent with and really derived from the bush administration approach to the war on terror and i think it's entirely sensible.
>> do you agree with that? lindsey graham saying totally sensible.
>> we are fighting a war that's much different than the classic and traditional wars that we have fought in the past. the result of that is the methods of fighting that war and the way that americans are involved in the war are different than what they have in the past. and so, we're really in a process today of a much maturing way of handling these, of looking at them. i think there's going to be a robust discussion amongst the american people as to how we actually do that. what you're seeing with the brennan nomination hearing today is going to be the tip of the iceberg . we've been discussing this for a long time.
>> within the intelligence committee .
>> and the president directed as we discussed the justice department to give congressional intelligence committee access to the classified memos and i want to play what the president said october 18th , 2012 , regarding working with congress and coming up with a legal definition of what we're discussing. let me play it.
>> one of the things that we have got to do is put a legal architect which you are in place and we need congressional help to do that to make sure that not only am i reined in but any president in terms of the decisions we are making.
>> has there been the congressional help the president referred to?
>> there's not but having said that i couldn't agree with the president more. this is a constitutional country. regardless of what we do, we have to do it within the confines of the united states constitution , particularly as direct violence against americans is constrained by that constitution. so we're going to have a discussion of this. and this is just the very, very beginning of that discussion.
>> and i know part of the discussion for you are alleged leaks from the white house . that's a part of the questioning you plan to have today with brennan .
>> well, i will. i've already done some of that. i met with him privately and done that within the intelligence committee . obviously, what's going to be done is for public consumption and there will be discussions of leaks.
>> were your questions posed to mr. brennan private answered adequately for you?
>> so we'll see a follow-up lately?
>> i love how you're so cagey.
>> thank you.
>> republicans force a delay on today's vote on hagel's nomination for defense secretary and it