Gonzalez and Card were only going because Comey's rejection of the program was unanticipated, and they weren't sure Ashcroft had signed off on it
We must stop the terrorists in their tracks
What to do with respect to Gonzales?
Because he had an appendectomy, his brain didn't work?
Interpreting Comey's narrative so narrowly as to imply that the only thing important here is Gonzales' tenure in office as AG is simply the wrong paradigm.
Not only was [Gonzales] attempting to circumvent James Comey's lawful authority as the acting Attorney General, but he was seeking to have someone who'd had major surgery the day before and who was heavily-medicated, execute an important legal document. That's an incredibly shady thing to do, the kind of thing that can get an attorney sanctioned or disbarred.