Ashcroft tells the truth; Truth, once again, has anti-Bush bias

Let me tell you something I thought would never happen.

I never thought in a million jillion gazillion years that I would say, “Thank the Baby Jebus for John Ashcroft.”

Former Attorney General John Ashcroft confirmed the Bush administration was sharply divided over the legality of President Bush’s most controversial eavesdropping work, the chairman of a congressional panel said Thursday.

“It is very apparent to us that there was robust and enormous debate within the administration about the legal basis for the president’s surveillance program,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, told reporters after a closed-door meeting with Ashcroft.

That would appear to contradict Gonzo’s Congressional testimony that there was never “significant disagreement within the administration over the program.”

Ashcroft’s confirmation of James Comey’s testimony is relevant to two ongoing Congressional investigations: “the House and Senate Intelligence committees’ ongoing review of 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which includes an extensive examination of the president’s warrantless eavesdropping program” and “the House and Senate Judiciary Committees’ parallel examinations of current Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’s service to the administration,” from which stemmed Comey’s testimony about Gonzo trying to weasel a sign-off on the legality of the wiretapping program from either/both of Comey and Ashcroft while Ashcroft was critically ill and hospital-bound.

Also today:

[T]he Senate Judiciary Committee authorized–but did not issue–subpoenas to Gonzales and to the custodian of records at the Executive Office of the President for all administration documents on the legality of the program. The panel approved giving Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., authority to issue the subpoenas, 13-3, with Republican Sens. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Chuck Grassley of Iowa voting with the Democrats.

Things, in other words, continue to get interesting.

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12 responses to “Ashcroft tells the truth; Truth, once again, has anti-Bush bias

  1. oddjob

    Hatch voted to authorize subpoenas against ShrubCo???

  2. All these baby steps in the direction of justice (the real thing, not the DOJ) give me hope. I’m sure it will be dashed on the rocks of political reality, though. 😦

  3. oddjob

    That Ashcroft had a modicum more respect for the law than Gonzales, Shrub, or Cheney is not sufficient for me to thank whatever’s holy that he was there. That man is still evil.

  4. Constant Comment

    Gonzo not telling the truth? No way!

  5. Melissa McEwan

    That Ashcroft had a modicum more respect for the law than Gonzales, Shrub, or Cheney is not sufficient for me to thank whatever’s holy that he was there.

    I wasn’t thanking the Baby Jebus for his being there then, but for his willingness to tell the truth now.

    In complete disregard of the time-space continuum, I still pray to Baby Jebus to turn him into a monkey then.

  6. It takes a very special attorney general to make John Ashcroft look good.

  7. I hope this doesn’t come across as trolling, but has any heard what this program, which was unacceptable even to John Ashcroft, actually would have done (or did)? It’s bizarre that there’s such a controversy over a program, when no one knows what it did.

    (an aside: I think we’ll find out at some point just how awful this program would have been).

  8. nightshift66

    John Ashcroft may well be a doofus, but he at least seems to have some integrity and respect for the rule of law. That makes him 3 orders of magnitude superior to Gonzo, Cheney, and Bush.

  9. oddjob

    In complete disregard of the time-space continuum, I still pray to Baby Jebus to turn him into a monkey then.

    LOL!!!!!!!

  10. Melissa McEwan

    I hope this doesn’t come across as trolling, but has any heard what this program, which was unacceptable even to John Ashcroft, actually would have done (or did)? It’s bizarre that there’s such a controversy over a program, when no one knows what it did.

    “This program” is the NSA domestic eavesdropping program, otherwise known as warrantless wiretapping.

  11. barbara_on_19th

    Am I the only person who reads “warrantless eavesdropping program” and sees “unwarranted eavesdropping program”?

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