Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has once again been caught in a lie, or, to be charitable, an unfortunate incongruity. Testifying before Congress, FBI Director Robert Mueller twice contradicted Gonzales’ sworn testimony, lending credence to the testimony of former Deputy Attorney General James Comey, who also disagreed with Gonzales’ version of the facts.
The White House has tried to dismiss congressional criticism of Gonzales’ testimony as political chicanery, but Democrats are demanding an investigation by a special prosecutor.
Los Angeles Times:
The director of the FBI told a congressional committee Thursday that he had had reservations about the Bush administration’s terrorism surveillance program—a statement that appears to contradict sworn testimony last year by Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales that the warrantless eavesdropping had generated no serious disagreement among high-level officials.
Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, Robert S. Mueller III also undercut statements Gonzales offered this week to lawmakers about a controversial hospital visit to the bedside of then-Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft in March 2004.
Mueller’s disclosures come amid what until now has been a highly partisan debate on Capitol Hill over Gonzales’ tenure at the Justice Department and his reputation for honesty.