This is just extraordinary. James Comey, testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, about an attempt by Gonzales and Andy Card to overrule him by going to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, totally indisposed with pancreatitis, for his signature to continue the NSA surveillance program. Titillating, indeed.
â€œI was very upset,â€ said James B. Comey, who was deputy Attorney General at the time, in his testimony today before the Senate Judiciary Committee. â€œI was angry. I thought I had just witnessed an effort to take advantage of a very sick man, who did not have the powers of the attorney general because they had been transferred to me.â€Mr. Comeyâ€™s account offered a rare and titillating glimpse of a Washington power struggle, complete with a late-night showdown in the White House after a dramatic encounter in a darkened hospital room â€” in short, elements of a potboiler paperback novel.