Senate Reacts to Post Gonzales Revelations
Senate Judiciary committee chairman Patrick Leahy has posted his response to the revelations in the Washington Post today that Attorney...
Senate Judiciary committee chairman Patrick Leahy has posted his response to the revelations in the Washington Post today that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales misled Congress in stating that "there was not one verified case of civil liberties abuse."
Leahy writes that the Senate Intelligence committee was not the only one Gonzales deceived:
In addition to the comments the Attorney General's provided to the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2005, detailed in The Washington Post story today, the Attorney General also failed to provide the Senate Judiciary Committee with the accurate information regarding the timing of his knowledge of abuses of National Security Letters (NSLs). In answers to questions posed by Chairman Leahy to the Attorney General following the Committee's April 2007 oversight hearing, the Attorney General indicated that he first learned of the NSL abuses through drafts of the Office of Inspector General's report on NSL abuses, just prior to the public release of that report in March 2007. The Judiciary Committee received the Attorney General's answers last week.
Leahy had asked Gonzales: "Please state when you first became aware of the widespread abuses of NSLs at the FBI."