AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Just what was it that, in 2004, nearly caused the director of the FBI and the deputy attorney general to resign, and which culminated in a dramatic (and now dramatized) hospital-room confrontation between senior Justice Department officials and then-White House counsel Alberto Gonzales?
"What you think isn't what happened," the official told us, unprompted. "Not about the meta-data?" one of us asked. "No, not about the meta-data. It was about something else. I can't tell you what it was. I don't think it's been in the public domain yet. If you show me a TOP SECRET clearance, I could go out in the woods somewhere and tell you, but I can't."