According to that influential US magazine, G. Bush had met with Sulzberger and Keller on December 6, that is 10 days before "The New York Times" published its scandalous information.
Bush had spared no effort to prevent the "The New York Times" from publishing that important information, says the article, noting that its publication presented the US president as a lawbreaker.
"In the final account, it will all be played out in the committees of US Congress and the US Supreme Court", the "Newsweek" makes a guess, not ruling out though that in the event of the Democrats winning a majority at the forthcoming congressional election they may even call for President Bush's impeachment.
Similar charges of overstepping his authority had been part of the impeachment campaign led against Richard Nixon in 1974, notes the publication.
At a press conference at the White House dedicated to the results of 2005, G. Bush confirmed that after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, he had more than 30 times authorized, under a secret program, secretly eavesdropping on phone conversations, but he did so "within the limits of laws and the Constitution" and in accordance with his powers to fight terrorism.
"I authorized intercepting international phone calls of persons whose ties with Al-Qaeda and its associated terrorist organizations have been established", he stressed.
The US president sharply criticized the fact of the information on that program having been released to the press and informed that the US Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General have opened an inquiry in the leak.
"It was a shameful act for someone to disclose this very important program in a time of war", said G. Bush. "The fact that we're discussing this program is helping the enemy".
As has been earlier reported, yesterday US Vice President Dick Cheney backed continuing phone eavesdropping in the interests of fighting terrorism. "We might have prevented the events of September 11, if we had had such authorization", he said in an interview to ABC television company, which was the first commentary to come from Washington after information was revealed that the US National Security Agency had been secretly eavesdropping on Americans for three years after the tragic events in Washington, New York and Pennsylvania.