Goldsmith served as an assistant US attorney general between 2003 and 2004. Goldsmith also confirmed Tuesday that he was present when former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales confronted [JURIST news archive] former US Attorney General John Ashcroft [official profile; JURIST news archive] in his hospital room in March 2004 to obtain reauthorization of the warrantless wiretapping program and said Ashcroft denied Gonzales' request, saying that the program was illegal. AP has more.
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