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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Comey's shocking testimony

It's what we've come to expect from this administration, but hearing this account from a former high ranking official in the Bush administration is startling:
In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning, former Deputy Attorney General James Comey detailed the desperate late night efforts by then-White House counsel Alberto Gonzales and White House chief of staff Andrew Card to get the Justice Department to approve a secret program -- the warrantless wiretapping program.

According to Comey's testimony this morning, only when faced with resignations by a number of Justice Department officials including Comey, his chief of staff, Ashcroft's chief of staff, Ashcroft himself and possibly Robert Mueller, the director of the FBI, did the White House agree to make changes to the program that would satisfy the requirements of the Justice Department to sign off on it (Comey refused to name the program, but it's apparent from the context and prior reports that this was the warrantless wiretapping program).
"I Don't Recall" Gonzales is undoubtedly one of the worst goons in the Bush cabal. He has no respect for American democracy and no respect for the rule of law. No wonder Bush and Rove have such confidence in him. They know they can expect blind fealty every time.

ThinkProgress has a transcript of Comey's testimony.

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