Report: Gonzales Knew of FBI Violations
The Washington Post is reporting Attorney General Alberto Gonzales assured Congress the FBI respected privacy rights despite receiving reports that violations had in fact occurred. Gonzales’ comments came in April 2005 as he sought Congressional renewal of broad law enforcement powers under the Patriot Act. At the time, he told Congress: “There has not been one verified case of civil liberties abuse.” But internal FBI documents show Gonzales received at least half a dozen reports contradicting that claim in the three months before. The violations included unauthorized surveillance and illegal property search.
Bush Blocks Testimony, Doc Release in Attorney Probe
President Bush has invoked executive privilege to block the testimony of two former aides and deny Congress key documents in its probe into the firing of nine US attorneys. Monday morning was the deadline for the White House to explain its refusal to comply. In a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, White House Counsel Fred Fielding said former Karl Rove aide Sara Taylor and former White House counsel Harriet Miers were covered under Bush’s executive privilege.