Scott McClellan, always with that damn shifty-eyed, constipated, I-hate-my-job look he has, said that:
[T]he Clinton-Gore administration had engaged in warrantless physical searches, and he cited an FBI search of the home of CIA turncoat Aldrich Ames without permission from a judge. He said Clinton's deputy attorney general, Jamie Gorelick, had testified before Congress that the president had the inherent authority to engage in physical searches without warrants.That's it? That's the White House official retort? "They did it too"?
"I think his hypocrisy knows no bounds," McClellan said of Gore.
However, the Aldrich Ames case isn't even the same instance:
[A]t the time that of the Ames search in 1993 and when Gorelick testified a year later, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act required warrants for electronic surveillance for intelligence purposes, but did not cover physical searches. The law was changed to cover physical searches in 1995 under legislation that Clinton supported and signed.Even if FISA did cover physical searches, "they did it too" is a weak ass argument.