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Lawmaker slams White House failure to brief Congress on intelligence

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says the Bush administration may have broken the law by keeping secrets over intelligence matters from the panel in charge.      

Congressman Peter Hoekstra (HOOK'-struh) of Michigan tells "Fox News Sunday" he's concerned about programs he found out about from whistleblowers. Only then did members of the House and Senate intelligence committees get a briefing.      

He says the briefings are required by law, and the failure to get one may have broken the law.      

Hoekstra says he wants to set the standard that no president or anyone else in the executive branch can fail to keep intelligence committees fully informed.      

A spokesman for Bush's National Security Council says the administration "will continue to work closely with the chairman and other congressional leaders on important national security issues."      

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