Richard Clarke on John Ashcroft

When I and one of my staff met with Ashcroft early in the Administration, we were left wondering if his discussion with us had been an act. My associate asked me on the drive back to the White House, „He can’t really be that slow, can he? I mean, you can’t get to be the Attorney General of the United States and be like that, right?“

I wasn’t so sure. „I don’t know,“ I said. „Maybe he’s just cagey, but after all, he did lose a Senate reelection to a dead man.“

—Richard Clarke, Against All Enemies, (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004), 256.

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