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“The proposal would make clear that court orders are not necessary to effectively collect foreign intelligence about foreign targets overseas,” Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell said in a message to lawmakers last Friday.

“As long as it’s two foreign countries, we have a deal. That’s fine. I agree with that,” Mr. Feingold said on Fox. “If they want to do foreign to foreign, we can do it tomorrow.”

At the end of the Feingold interview, host Chris Wallace acknowledged the political difficulties facing Mr. Gonzales. “By the way, we invited White House officials and Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee to defend Attorney General Gonzales. We had no takers.”

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, defended Mr. Gonzales during a separate appearance on “This Week.”

“He’s not going to resign. I have a lot of respect for the man. He’s willing to hang in there,” he said.