Daily Revolt

June 21, 2007

Ashcroft: White House Fought Over Legality of the Eavesdropping Program

This could be the closest thing to a smoking gun yet. If members of your own administration are telling you that what you are doing is illegal, why then would you go ahead and do it anyway? And why did Gonzales "pressure...a critically ill Ashcroft to certify the legality of the wiretapping program" unless he were doing something not above board. This so far good-for-nothing Democratic Congress needs to get some testosterone and follow the trail of evidence. If they act quickly enough maybe they can impeach Bush before the world goes up in smoke:
The administration was sharply divided over the legality of President Bush's most controversial eavesdropping policies, a congressman quoted former Attorney General John Ashcroft as telling a House panel Thursday.

The White House might refuse to comply with a Senate subpoena. Obviously they have something to hide. Such a failure to comply might be the final straw that causes Republicans to abandon the president leaving the door open for impeachment:
Also Thursday, the 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.

The White House made no move to comply.

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