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Chairman Conyers Requests Director Mueller’s Notes on Ashcroft Hospital Visit

Posted on by Jesse Lee

Following today’s Judiciary Committee hearing with FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers is formally requesting notes Mueller testified he wrote after the now-infamous 2004 meeting in former Attorney General John Ashcroft’s hospital room about the NSA wiretapping program. Mueller testified that he is still in possession of the notes that he took because he felt, at the time, the events were, “out of the ordinary.” He also testified that he had not shared the notes with anybody except for his counsel and perhaps close staff.

Watch Rep. Artur Davis question Mueller about the notes:

Rep. Davis: “Did you make any notes regarding your conversation with Mr. Ashcroft?”
Director Mueller: “Yes.”
Rep. Davis: “Do you still have those notes in your possession?”
Director Mueller: “Yes, I do.”
Rep. Davis: “Can you think of any reason why those notes should not be disclosed to the Committee?”
Director Mueller: “Same response ["deliberative"] I gave before in response to your earlier question.”
Rep. Davis: “Now… tell me why you decided to make notes of your conversation with Mr. Ashcroft.”
Director Mueller: “It was out of the ordinary.”

Full letter from Chairman Conyers to Director Mueller:

July 26, 2007

BY FAX AND U.S. MAIL

The Honorable Robert S. Mueller, III
Director
Federal Bureau of Investigation
935 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20535

Dear Director Mueller:

During today's Judiciary Committee Oversight Hearing on the Federal Bureau of Investigation, you testified in response to questions from Rep. Artur Davis that you had taken or made notes regarding conversations that you had with former Deputy Attorney General James Comey (who at the time was Acting Attorney General) and former Attorney General John Ashcroft (who at the time had transferred his Attorney General duties to Mr. Comey) regarding a March 10, 2004, hospital visit involving former White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales and former Chief of Staff to the President Andrew Card. You also testified that you still were in possession of those notes, which from your testimony appear to memorialize facts regarding the issues discussed during and after the important events of March 10, 2004.

During the hearing, Representative Davis requested that you provide the Committee with copies of those notes. I write now to formalize that request, and ask that you provide the Committee with copies of the notes to which you referred in your testimony. To the extent that the notes may contain classified information, we are fully prepared to accommodate any such concerns by controlling or limiting storage of, access to, or publication of information contained in the notes.

I would appreciate receiving the notes from you by the close of business on Wednesday, August 1. Your response should be directed to the Judiciary Committee office, 2138 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515 (tel: 202-225-3951; fax: 202-225-7680). Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Sincerely,

John Conyers, Jr.

Chairman

cc: The Honorable Lamar S. Smith

The Honorable Artur Davis

From the July 26th hearing, watch Rep. Artur Davis question Mueller about the notes:

Rep. Davis: “Did you make any notes regarding your conversation with Mr. Ashcroft?”
Director Mueller: “Yes.”
Rep. Davis: “Do you still have those notes in your possession?”
Director Mueller: “Yes, I do.”
Rep. Davis: “Can you think of any reason why those notes should not be disclosed to the Committee?”
Director Mueller: “Same response ["deliberative"] I gave before in response to your earlier question.”
Rep. Davis: “Now… tell me why you decided to make notes of your conversation with Mr. Ashcroft.”
Director Mueller: “It was out of the ordinary.”
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