Bush as Don Corleone
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The President’s attempt to trick his drugged-up attorney general into breaking the law goes awry.
Today, Mark exposes Thursday’s shocking testimony of James Comey, the Deputy Attorney General of the United States (No. 2 under Ashcroft) who explained to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2004 how Bush sent Alberto Gonzales to trick the severely ill Ashcroft into signing a blatantly illegal order to spy on millions of Americans and how Ashcroft, weak from his surgery, still strongly refused. Comey’s testimony has been WIPED from C-SPAN but is preserved here unedited with Mark’s powerful commentary. Reality is more powerful than fiction.
When Ashcroft said no, the Bush Administration went ahead in knowing and flagrant violation of the law to reauthorize a program that every single lawyer on staff knew was violently unconstitutional. The USA was then set on a path toward Soviet East-German style Government warrantless spying on all its citizens.
Only after the threatened simultaneous resignation of the top three Justice Department officials — Ashcroft, Comey, and Solicitor General Ted Olson, along with their chiefs of staff and the Director of the FBI (!) months before the 2004 election did Bush finally relent and agree to respect the US Constitution.
(Audio clip courtesy of PoliticsTV.com)