Justice Department objected to secret spying program.

James B. Comey, former Attorney General John Ashcroft’s top deputy, “objected in 2004 to aspects of the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance program and refused to sign on to its continued use amid concerns about its legality and oversight.” Comey’s reluctance prompted then White House counsel Alberto Gonzales and Chief of Staff Andrew Card to visit Ashcroft, who was recovering from surgery, in the hospital to try to get sign-off on the program from him. It doesn’t appear as if they were successful.