James Comey: White House pressed bedridden Ashcroft on terror program

Marre, Klaus
May 2007
Hill;5/16/2007, Vol. 14 Issue 58, p1
The article reports that former Deputy Attorney General James Comey has told the Senate Judiciary Committee about the firing of U.S. attorneys and he refused to recertify the controversial counterterrorism program because Attorney General John Ashcroft had reservations on its legality before falling ill with pancreatis. Comey stresses that the White House recertified the program without the Dept. of Justice's (DoJ) signoff, allowing it to operate without concurrence on whether it was legal.


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