1) the Rule of Law has had no greater enemy in modern American history than David Addington (“We’re one bomb away from getting rid of that obnoxious [FISA] court,” Goldsmith recalls Addington telling him in February 2004.).
2) the Ashcroft hospital scene was every bit as bad as Comey described it (“I was sure at the end of it he [Ashcroft] was going to die”)
3) everyone of significance in the Justice Department really was prepared to resign following the hospital showdown (“I was sure the government was going to melt down”).
4) Gonzales probably resigned when he did because he knew Goldsmith was about to tell his story.
5) Bush, as usual, had no real clue what he was authorizing (“I don’t know if President Bush understood how extreme some of the arguments were about executive power that some people in his administration were making,” Goldsmith told me. “It’s hard to know how he would know.”)