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Bush Dodges Comey’s Accusations That He Personally Arranged Ashcroft Hospital Visit


[Note from DS: In the video below, Bush appears to be listening to an ear piece before each phrase he utters]

By Think Progress

During a press conference today, President Bush was confronted about recent accusations made by former Deputy Attorney General James Comey regarding the White House’s shocking efforts to seek legal sanction for its warrantless wiretapping program. According to Comey, Bush personally directed a White House effort to bypass Comey’s authority and seek approval from John Ashcroft, who was then hospitalized and in intensive care.

The New York Times writes today that “Americans need to know who dispatched Mr. Gonzales and Mr. Card to Mr. Ashcroft’s hospital bed.”

NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell pressed Bush on this point. “Sir, did you send your then Chief of Staff and White House Counsel to the bedside of John Ashcroft while he was ill to get him to approve that program,” she asked, “and do you believe that kind of conduct from White House officials is appropriate?”

Bush twice dodged the question entirely. “Kelly, there’s a lot of speculation about what happened and what didn’t happen. I’m not going to talk about it.” He added, “I’m not going to move the issue forward by talking about” it. Watch it:

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He missed a wonderful opportunity to do what he does best. He should have said, "Kelly, I'm not going to let one man's state of health get in the way of protecting Americans from the devastating consequences of catastrophic deadly attacks causing chaos and mayhem...etc."

Why isn't there a reporter with the guts to follow up with a question related to the previous one? They seem to want to ask different questions to make themselves distinctive. They'd really be remembered for saying "Please remember that you work for us and the people. Answer the question." The entire room should do it.

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