John McCain believes that President Bushâ€™s program of wiretapping without warrants was lawful, despite a 1978 federal statute that required court oversight of surveillance, one of his top advisers said. But thatâ€™s not what McCain said just six months ago, the New York Times reported. McCain told the Boston Globe that â€œpresidents have the obligation to obey and enforce laws that are passed by Congress and signed into law by the president, no matter what the situation is.â€ And when asked specifically whether a statute trumped a presidentâ€™s powers as commander in chief when it came to a surveillance law, McCain said, â€œI donâ€™t think the president has the right to disobey any law.â€
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