Two questions for Alberto Gonzales

A massive data-mining program? Tell us more.

Published July 30, 2007 8:58PM (EDT)

House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales: If the subject of your 2004 visit to John Ashcroft's hospital room was really a program of "computer searches through massive electronic databases" -- as anonymous sources now tell the New York Times that it was -- then how about coughing up some of the details of that program? And while you're at it, since this explanation of the hospital room visit "may simply be an effort to respond via administration leak of potentially classified information designed to rehabilitate previous controversial testimony by you," why don't you tell Congress "whether you or anyone in your front office has any knowledge or involvement in these leaks"?

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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