Face in the News: Immigration and the chase for Snowden

Open: This is Face the Nation, June 23
The latest on the NSA leaks and Edward Snowden's whereabouts, plus immigration and more, with Senators Dianne Feinstein, Bob Corker and Jeff Sessions. Plus a panel featuring Bobby Ghosh, Susan Page, Gerald Seib, John Dickerson, Bob Orr and Major Garrett.

CBS News - "The chase is on," said Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee on "Face the Nation" Sunday. Edward Snowden landed in Moscow early Sunday morning after Hong Kong officials failed to comply with a request from the U.S. to detain the accused NSA leaker.

Senator Feinstein said she believes China missed an opportunity to "improve relations" with the United States. "China clearly had a role in this, in my view," she explained.  Both Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times picked up Feinstein's remark.

Feinstein underscored the importance of getting Snowden back in the U.S. for a trial. "We need to know exactly what he has. He could have a lot, lot more. It may really put people in jeopardy," she told Bob Schieffer.

"I don't think this man is a whistleblower," she said of Snowden. "Whatever his motives are, and I take him at face value, he could've stayed and faced the music. I don't think running is a noble thought." The New York Times, Reuters, Businessweek, Politico, The Hill, Newsmax and The Huffington Post have more about our conversation with Sen. Feinstein.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn, also urged Snowden to return to the U.S.  "I don't know how anybody can view this person as anything other than a criminal," he explained. "If he feels differently, I hope he'll be back in our nation at some point to argue otherwise," he said.

Turning to immigration, Sen. Corker said that the so-called "border surge" amendment, which he co-sponsored, "should certainly put to rest any issue regarding border security." Corker's characterization of the Hoeven-Corker was picked up by The Washington Post.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., appeared later in the show to express his concern regarding the immigration bill. "I'm opposed to the bill because it doesn't do what it says," he said. 

Sessions was pessimistic about the bill's chance of passing. "They said it had 70 votes last week and then all of a sudden it started sinking when people learned more about it," he told Schieffer.

 "If people find out this amendment does not accomplish what the sponsors believe it does, I think the bill could be back in trouble again," he warned. Politico, Washington PostThe Hill and Newsmax, have more on our conversation with the Alabama Senator.

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