Skip to comments.FBI Director's Notes Contradict Gonzales's Version Of Ashcroft Visit
Posted on 08/16/2007 9:38:58 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
Then-Attorney General John D. Ashcroft was "feeble," "barely articulate" and "stressed" moments after a hospital room confrontation in March 2004 with Alberto R. Gonzales, who wanted Ashcroft to approve a warrantless wiretapping program over Justice Department objections, according to notes from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III that were released yesterday.
One of Mueller's entries in five pages of a daily log pertaining to the dispute also indicated that Ashcroft's deputy was so concerned about undue pressure by Gonzales and other White House aides for the attorney general to back the wiretapping program that the deputy asked Mueller to bar anyone other than relatives from later entering Ashcroft's hospital room.
Although Mueller did not directly witness the exchange between Ashcroft, Gonzales and Card, his notes recounted Comey's personal statement that Ashcroft at the outset said that "he was in no condition to decide issues." Ashcroft also told the two men he supported his deputy's position on the secret program, Mueller said Comey told him.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
The part of the above excerpt following the “snip” tells you all you need to know about this story.
The whole story is horse manure, developed only to generate the headline.
I’m still waiting for the Washington Post’s expose’s on Vince Foster Gate, Web Hubbel Gate, Travelgate, Filegate, Campaign Finance Gate, Chinagate, etc., etc.
Retaining that scumbag Comey was one of the biggest blunders the Bush Administration made.
This article is inane. It reads like a cartoon.
The guy wasn’t even there but his notes about what someone else said that someone else said puts this article on a par with a witness from the grassy knoll with the smoking man from area 51 who saw Jack Ruby try to kill Castro on orders from unnamed secret government officals.
Isn’t this article about Muller?
Never mind I should read more carefully.
Wonder if anyone has thought to ask Ashcroft?
Sorry, he’s too feeble to respond. ;)
“Retaining that scumbag Comey was one of the biggest blunders the Bush Administration made.”
It was Comey who recruited (his best buddy) Fitzgerald to be “independent “ prosecutor for the Scooter Libby lynching.
Read the following. It will probably make you angry for the rest of the day.
It starts out like this, but you have to read the entire article:
Gonzales pressed ailing Ashcroft on domestic spying plan, official testifies
International Herald Tribune ^ | Tuesday, May 15 2007 | David Stout
Posted on 05/15/2007 3:00:51 PM PDT by James W. Fannin
WASHINGTON: On the night of March 10, 2004, a high-ranking Justice Department official rushed to a Washington hospital to prevent two White House aides from taking advantage of the critically ill Attorney General, John Ashcroft, the official testified on Tuesday.
One of those aides was Alberto Gonzales, who was then White House counsel and eventually succeeded Ashcroft as Attorney General.
“I was very upset,” said James Comey, who was deputy Attorney General at the time, in his testimony Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I was angry. I thought I had 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.”
<...much more follows>
Like 99.9% of the stuff from the MSM.
Gonzales is a despicable person and should have been run out of town a long time ago.
No... Comey was the despicable person, running to the hospital to obstruct people from speaking with their Attorney General.
Comey was never granted the authority to decide Ashcroft’s mental state.
I'm guessing Comey lied to Mueller about what Ashcroft said or he would not have blocked the others from having access to Ashcroft.
Serious question: Was there a procedure in place for temporary transfer of authority to someone in Comey’s position, and was it followed? Or is the whole notion of such a transfer utter hogwash? I am not defending Comey here; I just don’t know how these things work.
March 10, 2004 : (GONZALES AND ANDY CARD COME TO MEET WITH ASHCROFT IN THE HOSPITAL BUT COMEY HAD GOTTEN THERE FIRST) “Saw AG,” Mueller writes in his notes for 8:10 p.m. on March 10, 2004, only minutes after Gonzales and White House chief of staff Andrew H. Card Jr. had visited Ashcroft. “Janet Ashcroft in the room. AG in chair; is feeble, barely articulate, clearly stressed.”
[which disagrees with Gonzales’ version of his Ashcroft meeting that Ashcroft was “lucid” and “did most of the talking.”]
Deputy AG Comey made sure then that no one but Ashcroft’s family could visit the hospital to prevent Gonzales and Card from returning to discuss matters with Ashcroft.
MARCH 11, 2004 : (SUSAN LINDHAUER) the day after this dust up between Mueller/Comey and Gonzales/Andy Card...two news outlets [CBS and NBC] on March 11 2004 make a point of associating the recently arrested Democrat Susan Lindhauer [who met with Iraqi spies] not with the Democratic Party but with her distant cousin Andy Card.
A little vindictive leak by Comey to the press, perhaps? A threat using the crazy cousin to reveal more embarrassing material?
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