Wednesday, 17 December 2003
Tough day for John Ashcroft
For most people, getting caught for two unrelated crimes on the same day would be disconcerting. Yet that is what happened to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft yesterday. First, the Washington Post reports that Federal Election Commission (FEC) has fined Ashcroft's PACs for accepting illegal campaign contributions during his failed 2000 Senate race. Second, the Post reports that U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen publicly rebuked Ashcroft for twice violating gag orders in the first criminal trials related to the 9/11 attacks — but stopped short of holding him in criminal contempt.