But unfortunately for Gonzales, he said a lot of other things at the hearing as well. For instance, the following exchange took place between Gonzales and Senator Leahy:LEAHY: So I'm sure you've had time to check for the answer during the lunch hour. So I come to you again with it: When did the Bush administration come to the conclusion that the congressional resolution authorizing the use of military force against Al Qaida also authorized warrantless wiretapping of Americans inside the United States?Whoops. The Patriot Act was enacted in October 2001. So Gonzales has conceded here that the "terrorist surveillance program" was authorized all the way back in 2001.
I think that explains why the White House won't explain the AG's linguistic cha cha. In order to correct his own lies, Gonzales would have to expose the administration's lies about the illegal program. AL also gives up the quote of the day from Fredo himself.
GONZALES: Nothing would excuse false statements before the Congress.
Ah then, let the indictments begin.