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Senate hears of split over wiretaps in '04

Justice leaders nearly quit, ex-deputy says

James Comey, a former deputy attorney general, testified that he rushed to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft's hospital room in March 2004 to prevent White House officials from pressuring Ashcroft to approve the wiretap program, which was expiring. James Comey, a former deputy attorney general, testified that he rushed to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft's hospital room in March 2004 to prevent White House officials from pressuring Ashcroft to approve the wiretap program, which was expiring. (SUSAN WALSH/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
By Charlie Savage
Globe Staff / May 16, 2007

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WASHINGTON -- Then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, FBI Director Robert Mueller, and several other top Justice Department officials nearly resigned in March 2004 after President Bush reauthorized a warrantless surveillance program even though the department said it was illegal, the Senate was told yesterday. (Full article: 917 words)

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