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Former Deputy Testifies Before Senate Committee

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Former Deputy Testifies Before Senate Committee

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Former Deputy Testifies Before Senate Committee

Former Deputy Testifies Before Senate Committee

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Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey said Tuesday that top White House officials tried to push then-Attorney General John Ashcroft to sign off on a program his advisers had found to be illegal.

At the time, Ashcroft was seriously ill and in the hospital.

Dahlia Lithwick, legal analyst for the online magazine Slate, attended the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing and talks to Madeleine Brand about Comey's testimony.

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