TV News LIES

Saturday, Feb 24th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Politics Cheney Shielded Bush From Crisis

Cheney Shielded Bush From Crisis

E-mail Print PDF

Vice President Cheney convened a meeting in the Situation Room at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, 2004, with just one day left before the warrantless domestic surveillance program was set to expire. Around him were National Security Agency Director Michael V. Hayden, White House counsel Alberto R. Gonzales and the Gang of Eight -- the four ranking members of the House and the Senate, and the chairmen and vice chairmen of the intelligence committees.


Even now, three months into a legal rebellion at the Justice Department, President Bush was nowhere in the picture. He was stumping in the battleground state of Ohio, talking up the economy.

With a nod from Cheney, Hayden walked through the program's vital mission. Gonzales said top lawyers at the NSA and Justice had green-lighted the program from the beginning. Now Attorney General John D. Ashcroft was in the hospital, and James B. Comey, Ashcroft's deputy, refused to certify that the surveillance was legal.

That was misleading at best. Cheney and Gonzales knew that Comey spoke for Ashcroft as well. They also knew, but chose not to mention, that Jack L. Goldsmith, chief of the Office of Legal Counsel at Justice, had been warning of major legal problems for months.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Attorneys general expand lawsuit against Trump, going after him as a private citizen

Trump to be probed as a private citizenA lawsuit by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia accusing President Trump of...

Report: Jared Kushner's White House security clearance hits new snag

Jared Kushner's security clearance hits new snagAlthough White House chief of staff John Kelly will make the final call on a security clearance...

'This is not normal': Glitches mar new tax law

Not normal: tax glitches popping up all over The glitches in the new tax law are starting to pile up. One inadvertently denies restaurants, retailers...

Trump-Russia: Manafort 'paid European ex-politicians'

Manafort paid European ex politicians Ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly paid unnamed former senior European politicians to lobby for Ukraine's...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!