Posted by Gary Burger on June 20, 2017 in Law
In my last email, I talked about Special Prosecutors and their unique role in the law. It prompted this great email from a friend, which I quote with permission as my first correction:
Dear Mr. Burger,
Thank you so much for your informative emails; I enjoy them and I always look forward to what you have to say.However, I am a little confused about a specific matter contained within your email today titled “Compelling Special Prosecution”. In your piece you stated the following:
“There is also an example of the current special prosecutor threatening Ashcroft when he was in the hospital ill to resign if he did not reauthorize Bush’s domestic surveillance program.”
I must respectfully take issue with your recollection or characterization of one of the key facts contained in this sentence.
It is my understanding from history that Comey and Mueller did NOT want Bush to reauthorize the domestic surveillance program, which they (Comey and Mueller) both believed was unlawful. [They] had both threatened to resign if said program were reauthorized.
Andrew Card and Alberto Gonzales were the ones who rushed to the hospital in their unsuccessful attempt to persuade a weakened, recovering Ashcroft to reauthorize this program.Here are links to articles from the L.A. Times and New York Times regarding this dramatic event: [Click here, here and here for these links].
If I have somehow misinterpreted either your opinion or the facts, please let me know.
Once again, thanks so much for your terrific seminars and emails!
Sincerely, Bruce Bramoweth