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Per NBC's Ken Strickland, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says he "may have created confusion" in his testimony before Congress about the Terrorist Survielliance Program. In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy, Gonzales wrote: "I am deeply concerned with suggestions that my testimony was misleading, and am determined to address any such impression."

The Washington Post: "In the letter, Gonzales confirms that there was 'serious disagreement' within the Justice Department about the NSA activities that were ordered by President Bush in late 2001. But as he has testified before, Gonzales also said there was no such disagreement about the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program. The letter acknowledges, however, that even that part of the NSA's activities -- later known as the Terrorist Surveillance Program -- prompted 'intense deliberations' within the Justice Department in 2004. Gonzales acknowledged that his previous statements 'may have created confusion,' especially for lawmakers and others who refer to all the activities as 'a single NSA "program."'"

The same article notes that the White House "formally directed senior adviser Karl Rove not to cooperate with a Senate probe into the firing of U.S. attorneys… White House counsel Fred F. Fielding wrote to the committee that the decision was rooted in the president's determination to protect 'the ability of future Presidents to ensure that the Executive's decisions reflect and benefit from the candid exchange of informed and diverse viewpoints.'"