The call came from Senator Arlen Specter, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
During an appearance on the Fox News Sunday television program, he was asked about revelations President Bush authorized the release of classified intelligence information that was used as part of an effort to discredit critics of the war in Iraq.
“We ought to get to the bottom of it so it can be evaluated, again, by the American people,” said Senator Specter.
The revelations came to light in court papers filed last week in the case of Lewis Libby, the vice-president’s former chief of staff. The prosecutor in the case said Libby, also known as Scooter, testified before a grand jury that he was authorized by the president to reveal information from a secret intelligence document on Iraq to reporters in 2003.
Libby said he got word of the authorization from the vice-president.
Senator Specter said under U.S. law, the president has the legal authority to declassify intelligence information. He made clear the problem is not the legality of the action, but the intent.