Wednesday, July 25, 2007

What Really Happened in Ashcroft's Room

In his testimony Tuesday, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales claimed that when James Comey raised objections to the administration’s spying program, he was referring to “other intelligence activities,” not the warrantless wiretapping program that Bush has confirmed. Gonzales also denied that he and former White House chief of staff Andy Card tried during to pressure a hospitalized Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Ashcroft was in an intensive care unit recovering from gall bladder surgery and Gonzales was Bush’s White House legal counsel. Ashcroft had transferred the powers of his office to Deputy Attorney General James Comey.

Comey testified in May that he thought Gonzales and Card tried to take advantage of a very sick man who did not have the powers of the attorney general.

I've discovered a previously unknown video of the entire event. Below is a snippet: