Bush halts inquiry of FBI and stirs up a firestorm “His dad was at a 90 percent approval rating and he lost, and the same thing can happen to him,” Burton added, jabbing his finger and glaring at Carl Thorsen, a deputy assistant attorney general who was attempting to introduce a superior who was testifying.

“We’ve got a dictatorial president and a Justice Department that does not want Congress involved. … Your guy’s acting like he’s king.”

The searing tone continued for more than four hours from Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives. All objected to the order Bush signed Wednesday and made public yesterday. It claimed executive privilege in refusing to hand over prosecutors’ memos in criminal cases, including an investigation of campaign finance abuses, saying doing so “would be contrary to the national interest.”

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