03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Former Bush Lawyer On Spy Program:"The Biggest Legal Mess I Had Ever Encountered"

Jack L. Goldsmith, a Harvard law professor who led the Justice Department office that objected to a Bush administration domestic eavesdropping plan, told a Senate committee on Tuesday that the situation became a "legal mess" because the White House did not believe either the courts or Congress had any role to play.

Professor Goldsmith told the Judiciary Committee that chances to create a legally justified program were undercut by senior White House officials who were averse to any restraint on presidential power and devoted to extreme secrecy.