They did it at night in his hospital room, causing the acting Attorney General and the director of the F.B.I. to go lights-and-siren through the nation's capital and run upstairs to the hospital room and stop them.
And then tried to refuse a witness to the discussion afterwards.
And then, after Ashcroft had walked over the whole deal, they got what they wanted anyway because Gonzo got the job.
How close are we to a coup, anyway? Who's got five bucks on it?