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The Midnight Ride of James Comey, or How I Stopped Alberto Gonzales from Subverting the Constitution

Reported by Marie Therese - May 17, 2007 -

Last night on her show On the Record, Greta van Susteren scheduled guest Elana Schor of The Hill to discuss the testimony of former Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey, given on May 15th to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Comey recounted his frantic efforts in 2004 to prevent White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales and White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card from coercing a very ill John Ashcroft into signing a document reauthorizing a domestic surveillance program that the Justice Department, under Ashcroft himself, had determined was illegal. Although this story has been known for some time, Comey's personal account to the Judiciary Committee was riveting. FOX News, understandably, has not given it much play, which is why I was surprised to see it covered on Greta's show. With video.

According to The Washington Post, "The sickbed visit was the start of a dramatic showdown between the White House and the Justice Department in early 2004 that, according to Comey, was resolved only when Bush overruled Gonzales and Card. But that was not before Ashcroft, Comey, Mueller and their aides prepared a mass resignation, Comey said. The domestic spying by the National Security Agency continued for several weeks without Justice approval, he said."

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Bye-bye, Alberto!


VIDEO FROM "ON THE RECORD" MAY 16, 2007


VIDEO OF COMEY'S ACTUAL TESTIMONY