Congressional Panels May Want Ashcroft's Testimony against Cheney

3 de junio de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="23" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Congressional Panels May Want Ashcroft's Testimony against Cheney</h1><p>June 3 (LPAC)--Newsweek's Michael Isikoff writes that the Senate Intelligence Committee has scheduled a closed session for the purpose of questioning former Attorney General John Ashcroft on the events on the evening of March 10, 2004. That was when then-White House chief of staff Andrew Card and then-White House Counsel Albert Gonzalez tried to badger a barely conscious Ashcroft into signing off on an NSA domestic spying program from his hospital bed. The committee reportedly also wants to hear from former Deputy Attorney General James Comey, who was acting AG at the time, and Ashcroft's former chief of staff David Ayres.</p><p>James Comey, as LPAC reported at the time (See:) recounted the events of that night in startling testimony to the Senate Judicicary Committee. He reported that Card and Gonzalez were acting on behalf of Dick Cheney in what can only be described as a "cold coup" attempt against the Justice Department.</p><p>Isikoff writes that the House Intelligence Committee wants Ashcroft's testimony on the same subject.</p></div></body>