Comey testified Tuesday to the Senate Judiciary Committee that then-White House Counsel Gonzales and former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card [official profile], angry that Comey refused to reauthorize the program while he was temporarily acting as Attorney General, went Ashcroft's hospital room with the authorization form in hand. From his hospital bed, Ashcroft reminded the two that Comey was acting Attorney General [JURIST report] and refused to approve the program. For the next several months, the White House ran the program without Justice Department approval. AP has more.
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