This WP piece is likely to provide plenty of fodder today.
But read the whole story – it may explain why the president wanted to avoid the FISC.
He may have thought it both unnecessary and undesirable to ask permission of such judges in order to exercise his constitutional duties to protect the country and wage war against America’s enemies.
If he had acquiesced, if he had agreed that such judges represent a higher authority than that of the president, and Americans had been hit again as we were on 9/11, who would the public hold accountable? This judge and the FISA court? Or the president?
The operative rule is simple: Whoever has the responsibility must have the authority.