Feingold wants Obama to rollback executive powers
Barack Obama becomes the nation's 44th president this morning.
And Senate Democrat Russ Feingold of Wisconsin says he'd love to see Obama renounce some of the executive powers used by President Bush in the name of fighting terror.
But House Republican Jim Sensenbrenner of Menomonee Falls says Feingold should not hold his breath.
Sensenbrenner says he'd be shocked to see much of a rollback in executive powers, if any.
Feingold has long questioned the constitutionality of wire-tapping without warrants, detentions without trials, and rough military interrogations.
Obama has promised to close the prison on Guantanamo Bay and he has described the water-boarding interrogation technique as torture. But the Chicago Democrat has never said he would "renounce the extreme claims of executive power" - the exact words Feingold says he'd love to hear. Sensenbrenner says it's a topic Congress and the White House have debated since George Washington's time - and it will never change. Presidential scholar Alvin Felzenberg, who worked with the Sept. 11 Commission, says he has never heard of a president who openly rolled back powers that a previous president attained.