Sunday, January 1, 2006

Who Did You Say Is Investigating?

Yes, the DOJ appears to have opened an investigation into the leak of NSA tapping telephones without a warrant. (see post here).  But according to the New York Times here, James Comey, who was acting as the AG, in temporary replacement for John Ashcroft who was out ill, refused to sign the order.  And who went to Ashcroft in the hospital -- the current AG Alberto Gonzalez. 

So let me see if I understand this -- The present AG is investigating who leaked something that he was directly involved in making happen, and what he did may not have been proper. 

Am I the only one having a problem understanding why this is not a conflict?

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What conflict? No one is accusing Gonzalez of having leaked anything. I know some people would really like a DOJ investigation of the NSA program, but that isn't going to happen. Liberal law professors loved the independent counsel statue when there was a Republican Presindent, but it's a dead letter and it's not coming back.

Posted by: Joshua Chamberlain | Jan 3, 2006 1:44:20 PM

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