It’s not just that they insisted on violating the law and the Constitution. It’s not just that they tried to pressure the Attorney General to approve it when he had already refused. And it’s not just that they did it while he was ill and not acting as Attorney General.
They did it at night in his hospital room, causing the acting Attorney General and the director of the F.B.I. to go lights-and-siren through the nation’s capital and run upstairs to the hospital room and stop them.
And then tried to refuse a witness to the discussion afterwards.
And then, after Ashcroft had walked over the whole deal, they got what they wanted anyway because Gonzo got the job.
How close are we to a coup, anyway? Who’s got five bucks on it?