Gonzales Pressured Ashcroft
Posted by nytexan on May 15, 2007
This has to be among the lowest form of human behavior to come out of this administration. First let me say that I am not a fan now or in the past of John Ashcroft. Pressuring Ashcroft as he lay in intensive care is par for the course for the water boys of the Bush administration.
White House Counsel Alberto R. Gonzales and President Bush‘s chief of staff, Andrew H. Card Jr., were on their way to the hospital to persuade Ashcroft to reauthorize Bush’s domestic surveillance program, which the Justice Department had just determined was illegal.
The DoJ determined that the surveillance program was illegal so Gonzo and the gang show up in intensive care to pressure a critically ill man to sink to their level of illegality. They are reprehensible.
In vivid testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, Comey said he alerted FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III and raced, sirens blaring, to join Ashcroft in his hospital room, arriving minutes before Gonzales and Card. Ashcroft, summoning the strength to lift his head and speak, refused to sign the papers they had brought. Gonzales and Card, who had never acknowledged Comey’s presence in the room, turned and left.
“I was angry,” Comey testified. “I thought I just witnessed an effort to take advantage of a very sick man, who did not have the powers of the attorney general because they had been transferred to me.”
Gonzales in all his posturing about protecting the rights of Americans falls very short of his oath. He is a disgrace to the Attorney Generals that came before him and he is a disgrace to the U.S. Attorneys that have to serve him.