Ashcroft Loses Bush Favor; Could Thompson Return?


Attorney General John Ashcroft has lost much White House support, says Time magazine. Ashcroft’s former deputy, Larry Thompson, now teaching at the University of Georgia, joined President Bush at an event promoting the Patriot Act in Buffalo, N.Y. Thompson sat near Ashcroft during his testimony before the 9/11 commission in an attempt to soften the Ashcroft’s “hard edge.” Thompson may be back and in the top job if Bush wins a second term. Said one Republican: “Ashcroft will not be the A.G. by Christmas if Bush wins.”


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