Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Dick Pulls A String

AP (06.06.07), via Laura Rozen:
"Vice President Dick Cheney blocked the promotion of a Justice Department official involved in a bedside standoff over President Bush's eavesdropping program, a Senate committee learned Wednesday.

In a written account, former Deputy Attorney General James Comey said Cheney warned Attorney General Alberto Gonzales that he would oppose the promotion of a department official who once threatened to resign over the program."

Cheney Blocked Official's Promotion

"Gonzales eventually decided against trying to promote Patrick Philbin to principal deputy solicitor general, Comey said."

"'I understood that someone at the White House communicated to Attorney General Gonzales that the vice president would oppose the appointment if the attorney general pursued the matter,' Comey wrote. 'The attorney general chose not to pursue it.'"

What do you expect? The surveillance program was Dick's baby, after all (h/t also to Laura).



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