House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) sent a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales today, asking him to answer questions raised by former Deputy Attorney General James Comey’s extraordinary testimony on Tuesday. Some of their key inquiries:
— Was the classified program referred to by Mr. Comey the Terrorist Surveillance Program, as it existed prior to the changes made according to the Justice Department’s recommendations and, if not, what was the classified program that Mr. Comey was referring to?
— Who was involved in deciding to seek approval from Attorney General Ashcroft from his hospital bed and who made the telephone call to arrange your visit to his bedside;
— What was the basis for the Administration’s decision on March 10-11 to continue with the program despite the Department’s objections, how long did it so continue?
— What was the basis for the Department’s objections to the program? What changes were made to the program to resolve the Department’s objections?