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2005/12/31

Top Deputy to Ashcroft Refused to Approve Parts of Spy Program

@ 10:20 PM (109 months, 11 days ago)

Two years ago, James B. Comey, the top deputy to then Attorney General John Aschcroft, refused to approve portions of BushCo's spy program that calls for domestic eavesdropping without obtaining a warrant first.

Comey was serving as Acting Attorney General while Aschcroft was in the hospital recuperating from gallbladder surgery.  Because of Comey's refusal to approve portions of the spy program, White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, and Alberto Gonzales (then White House Counsel) visited Aschcroft in the hospital to discuss the program.

It is not known whether Aschcroft ultimately approved the program, or if the White House went ahead with DOJ's approval.

Justice Deputy Resisted Parts of Spy Program

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