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Posted on 08/27/2007 6:39:33 AM PDT by Melissa 24
Attorney General Gonzales Resigns Controversy Plagued Top Law Enforcement Official By PIERRE THOMAS, JASON RYAN, THERESA COOK and JACK DATE Aug. 27, 2007
Gonzales will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. at the Justice Department to announce the resignation; President Bush is also expected to make a statement at 11:30 a.m.
*snip* The embattled attorney general had withstood months of criticism from both sides of the aisle in Congress for a variety of missteps. Lawmakers blasted Gonzales after his department fired at least nine U.S. attorneys last year and accused him of misusing terrorist surveillance programs. Most recently Democrats charged that Gonzales had repeatedly lied to Congress under oath.
Throughout Gonzales' sometimes rocky tenure, President Bush had defended him in recent months, accusing his detractors of playing politics. The New York Times reported Friday that Gonzales submitted his resignation to the president by phone Friday morning.
Bush has yet to announce a replacement for the attorney general position, but the Associated Press reports a likely temporary replacement for Gonzales is Solicitor General Paul Clement, according to a senior department official.
There are also reports that Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will be named as a successor to Gonzales.
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards reacted to the news of Gonzales' resignation with a statement that read: "Better late than never."
Fired U.S. Attorneys Tension between Gonzales and Congress ratcheted up this spring after details began emerging about last year's federal prosecutor firings. Gonzales' chief of staff and the department's White House liaison, who later admitted to having little prosecutorial experience themselves, were heavily involved in constructing the list of prosecutors to dismiss.
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Let’s see who GWB’s next illegal apologist top cop is.
He should claim that the Democrats didn’t like Miguel Estrada or himself in high positions.
Let the “thinking hispanics” figure the rest out.
Do not subject the next nominee to confirmation hearings, recess appoint them and really piss-off the Rats, RINOs and MSM.
I hope that Gonzalez’s replacement will be Asa Hutchison. He’s a conservative who was the U.S. Attorney for Arkansas, 1981-’86; Chairman of the Ark. GOP, 1993-’97; U.S. Rep., 1997-2001; Director of the DEA, 2001-’03; and Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, 2003-’05.
All the articles about this are full of the usual “charges” that amount to nothing.
Is he the one who wants to prohibit tobacco?
He was no friend of gun owners. Good riddance!
I know a lot of people are glad to see him go, but I hope folks pause long enough to consider the ramifications of this. If he was going to resign, it should have been much earlier; now it cripples the White House—fat chance anyone the President appoints will get confirmed, and now we can look forward to at least another year’s worth of “investigations” and “hearings.”
And then there’s the issue of the fired attorneys—now the ‘Rats are already crowing that they’ve achieved a victory of some sort and demanding yet MORE investigations, prosecutors, and the whole nine yards. That it was totally LEGAL escapes them, and I suspect this will result in a really bad precedent.
I’m not necessarily a Gonzales fan, but this is not a good thing.
If the President managed to bring Mother Teresa back to life and appoint her to the job, the ‘Rats would find a way to demonize her and refuse to confirm her. It won’t matter who he appoints, unless possibly it’s Hillary (making warding off evil sign) herself.
He should do what the Dems would do; were situation reversed. PLay the 'racism' card. . .claim Dem's racist.
That would have them sputtering. . .and worse.
I’m sure Chuck Schumer’s makeup artist is excited about this.
Asa Hutchison is a big “amnesty for illegals” backer, worse even than Bush is, if that is possible. Would be a horrible choice for that reason alone.
Two words....John Bolton
If he appointed Ted Olson, he would make it through the Senate. No one would dare go after him viciously because he is too nice a guy and because his wife Barbara Olson was killed on one of the planes flying into the twin towers on 9/11. Plus Olson should be rewarded for years of good public service to the Pub party.
Wasn't this guy once on G.W.'s "short list" of Supreme Court nominees? And remember how some Freepers actually touted him for that nomination because of (yes!) his ethnicity?
Maybe that’s what he has in mind. Someone else suggested Ted Olson. That doesn’t solve the precedent problem though, and that one is also serious.
Sometime this week, we are going to be hearing ‘DISGRACED’ AG Gonzales, by democrats and MSM. (DEMSM)
Ted Olson would be a good choice, but don’t count on confirmation—the ‘Rats are like sharks who’ve found blood in the water; this has emboldened them.
I've already read "embattled." They're working on it.
Recess Appointment. Good till January 20 2009.
Now Alberto can move to Mexico City so his paychecks won’t take as long to reach him.
I never heard that Asa Hutchison wanted to prohibit tobacco.
The RINOs who turned their back on Gonzales can go to hell as far as I’m concerned. Without their spineless equivocating, this wouldn’t have happened.
Then again, with so much Bush basing on an allegedly Republican website like FR it’s hardly surprising that some of our senators would end up being equally disloyal and weak.
“Cripples the WH”?
Exactly what did Gonzales do...other then collect a check?
Associated Press Writers
WACO, Texas Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned, officials said Monday, ending a monthslong standoff with critics who questioned his honesty and competence at the helm of the Justice Department.
Republicans and Democrats alike had demanded his resignation over the botched handling of FBI terror investigations and the firings of U.S. attorneys, but President Bush had defiantly stood by his Texas friend until accepting his resignation Frid(AP) ay, according to senior administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Justice Department planned a news conference for 10:30 a.m. EDT, in Washington. Bush planned to discuss Gonzales' departure at his Crawford, Texas, ranch shortly thereafter.
Solicitor General Paul Clement will be acting attorney general until a replacement is found, said the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid pre-empting the announcement.
Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff was among those mentioned as possible successors. However, a senior administration official said the matter had not been raised with Chertoff. Bush leaves Washington next Monday for Australia, and Gonzales' replacement might not be named by then, the official said.
"Better late than never," said Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, summing up the response of many in Washington to Gonzales' resignation.
Gonzales served more than two years as the nation's first Hispanic attorney general.
Bush steadfastly and at times angrily refused to give in to critics, even from his own GOP, who argued that Gonzales should go. Earlier this month at a news conference, the president grew irritated when asked about accountability in his administration and turned the tables on the Democratic Congress.
"Implicit in your questions is that Al Gonzales did something wrong. I haven't seen Congress say he's done anything wrong," Bush said testily.
Gonzales, 52, called Bush on Friday to inform him of his resignation, according to a senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity to not pre-empt Gonzales' statement. The president had Gonzales come to lunch at his ranch on Sunday as a parting gesture.
Gonzales, whom Bush once considered for appointment to the Supreme Court, is the fourth top-ranking administration official to leave since November 2006. Donald H. Rumsfeld, an architect of the Iraq war, resigned as defense secretary one day after the November elections. Paul Wolfowitz agreed in May to step down as president of the World Bank after an ethics inquiry. And top Bush adviser Karl Rove earlier this month announced that he was stepping down.
Reacting to Monday's developments, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said that Gonzales' department had "suffered a severe crisis of leadership that allowed our justice system to be corrupted by political influence."
Gonzales could not satisfy critics who said he had lost credibility over the Justice Department's handling of warrantless wiretaps related to the threat of terrorism and the firings of several U.S. attorneys.
As attorney general and earlier as White House counsel, Gonzales pushed for expanded presidential powers, including the eavesdropping authority. He drafted controversial rules for military war tribunals and sought to limit the legal rights of detainees at Guantanamo Bay prompting lawsuits by civil libertarians who said the government was violating the Constitution in its pursuit of terrorists.
There were indications that the development came suddenly. Bush normally handles Cabinet resignations with efficiency, only allowing news of them to leak when a successor has been chosen and appearing with both the person departing and the replacement when the public announcement was made. That was not to be the case this time, the official said.
"Alberto Gonzales was never the right man for this job. He lacked independence, he lacked judgment, and he lacked the spine to say no to Karl Rove," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
"This resignation is not the end of the story. Congress must get to the bottom of this mess and follow the facts where they lead, into the White House," Reid warned.
The flap over the fired prosecutors proved to be the final straw for Gonzales, whose truthfulness in testimony to Congress was drawn into question.
Lawmakers said the dismissals of the federal prosecutors appeared to be politically motivated, and some of the fired U.S. attorneys said they felt pressured to investigate Democrats before elections. Gonzales maintained that the dismissals were based the prosecutors' lackluster performance records.
Thousands of documents released by the Justice Department show a White House plot, hatched shortly after the 2004 elections, to replace U.S. attorneys. At one point, senior White House officials, including Rove, suggested replacing all 93 prosecutors. In December 2006, eight were ordered to resign.
In several House and Senate hearings into the firings, Gonzales and other Justice Department officials failed to fully explain the ousters without contradicting each other.
During his congressional testimony, Gonzales answered "I don't know" and "I can't recall" scores of times and even some Republicans said his testimony was evasive. Bush, however, praised Gonzales' performance and said the attorney general was "honest" and "honorable."
U.S. attorneys serve at the pleasure of the president, and can be removed. But congressional Democrats said politics played an unusually critical role in the ouster of several prosecutors.
In 2004, Gonzales pressed to reauthorize a secret domestic spying program over the Justice Department's protests. Gonzales was White House counsel at the time and during a dramatic hospital confrontation he and then-White House chief of staff Andrew Card sought approval from then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, who was in intensive care. Ashcroft refused.
The White House subsequently reauthorized the program without the department's approval. Later, Bush ordered changes to the program to help the department defend its legality. The domestic surveillance program was later declared unconstitutional by a federal judge and since has been changed to require court approval before surveillance can be conducted.
Similarly, Gonzales found himself on the defensive in early March for FBI's improper and, in some cases, illegal prying into Americans' personal information during terror and spy probes. On March 9, the Justice Department's inspector general released an audit showing that FBI agents, over a three-year period, demanded telephone and Internet companies to hand over their customers' personal information without official authorization.
The damning audit also found that the FBI had improperly obtained telephone records in non-emergency circumstances, and concluded that it underreported to Congress how often it used national security letters to ask businesses to turn over customer data. The letters are administrative subpoenas that do not require a judge's approval.
Gonzales declared himself upset and frustrated over the findings. But lawmakers said they had begun to lose confidence in him.
AP White House Correspondent Terence Hunt and Associated Press Writer Lara Jakes Jordan contributed to this report from Peru, Vt.
August 27, 2007 - 9:11 a.m. CDT
John and Ken, a radio show outta California, filled in for Glenn Beck one day...they intervieved this Hutchison cat. The subject was Hutchison trying to defend calling off some type of immigration sweeps. I remember thinking that Hutchison came off as an excuse-giving gubberment robot. He was just awful. Here’s a link I found to an article about that interview:
It's a CONSERVATIVE website.
We need Agent Jack Bauer to take out the trash in DC. And this includes the White House.
Good riddance. We need another Ashcroft, minus the obsession with the boobies on the statuary....
Yup, more political party payback...just make sure he/she is brown friendly. How about a nominee that will uphold the law. After listing to Chertoff on CSPAN recently another friend of George's needs to go also.
That’s okay lady, I do the same thing. The older I get the worse I spell.
P.S. I heard Gonzalez is going back to Texas to manage a Taco Bell.
Winnie the Pooh gone fishing? Who’s that with him in the boat?
The Peter Principle:
“In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence...
“Yup, more political party payback...just make sure he/she is brown friendly. How about a nominee that will uphold the law.”
Olson is not a friend Bush. He is just a very honest and upright man who has been a good Republican. That doesn’t mean he is a hack. He never has been, and he was very instrumental in the choices of Alito and Roberts. Don’t knock him.
They are saying “Chertoff likely replacement”! Are they stoned? Don’t they realize it will be Harriet Miers Part II? Chertoff should have been canned along with Big Gay Alberto—not PROMOTED! IF Bush recess appoints Chertoff, the House and Senate GOP should deny him anything else until he’s out of office.
I believe Fredo is going fishing, ie sleeping with the fishes. That's his fishmeister behind him, a loyal trusted goon.
Here’s my question, would Bush have given him the job if he wasn’t Hispanic?
Good riddance you "Filthy Pig".
Forgive me for repeating myself. I wrote this on another thread but it needs repeating:
We need to keep our eye on the ball as this circus escalates. Bush might try to give our country away while we are being distracted with all these clowns and trained animals running around.
Heres my question, would Bush have given him the job if he wasnt Hispanic?
Is the Pope Catholic?