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After Months of Conflict,
Gonzales Steps Offstage


Gonzales's exit from the Justice Dept. stage today is long overdue, many Democrats say. (Getty).

Never has a resignation been so long anticipated and yet so ultimately unexpected as the announcement today that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will be stepping down. After he seemingly could do no more damage to the administration, President Bush's friend and confidant finally called it quits.

Gonzales leaves behind a trail of debris. His image, once the inspirational story of a young man who rose from poverty to become one of the most powerful Hispanic officials in the country, has been badly tarnished by his troubled tenure at the Justice Department

His stubborn refusal to accept the reality that he had lost the confidence of nearly everyone but the president further soured the already acidic relations between Congress and the White House. His Justice Department, in the words of Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) became dysfunctional.

He also leaves behind months of partisan conflict that showed no signs of abating with his departure. President Bush, speaking briefly in Texas, made clear he still feels aggrieved, saying he had reluctantly accepted the resignation and charging, "His good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons."

It may be too late to wonder how much of this could have been avoided but it is clear when it started. Gonzales was promoted from White House counsel to attorney general at a moment of maximum hubris at the White House, in the weeks after Bush's reelection victory. At the peak of his powers, Bush put the Justice Department in the hands of someone who proved to be unprepared and ill-suited for the job.

It was in that period that three White House advisers in Bush's first term -- national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, domestic policy adviser Margaret Spellings and Gonzales -- were elevated to the second-term Cabinet in a move designed to tighten the White House grip on the executive branch.

Loyalty, always prized in the Bush inner circle, may have led the president to reward Gonzales for long service dating back to their days together in Texas. Bush also knew he could trust Gonzales with one of the most sensitive posts in any administration.

But in doing so, the president left himself vulnerable to charges that he was politicizing the Justice Department -- and as controversies mounted, Gonzales proved incapable of insulating himself or his department from those charges.

The firing of nine U.S. attorneys and the Democratic takeover of Congress combined to provide the ingredients for Gonzales's undoing. Under fire, the attorney general proved incapable of offering explanations that restored credibility to the administration.

Gonzales's role as White House counsel in pressuring an ailing John Ashcroft to sign off from his hospital bed on aspects of a controversial warrantless surveillance program -- and his tortured explanation of those events -- further undermined his standing.

The resignation may have been meant to quell the partisan warfare that has raged for months, but early reactions suggested that Gonzales's departure would not prove to be any kind of political circuit breaker.

Democratic reaction to the resignation of Gonzales was swift and unsympathetic. As presidential candidate John Edwards put it: "Better late than never." Hillary Clinton offered a critical appraisal of Gonzales's tenure and what appeared to be a warning to the president not to name Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, whose role in the Whitewater investigation still rankles, as Gonzales's replacement.

Republican reaction was, in the first moments, practically non-existent. Then it broke into two camps. Some offered thinly veiled sighs of relief. "Attorney General Gonzales has taken the responsible and appropriate action in resigning," said Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel. "His resignation is the best thing for the country, Justice Department and the President."

But most others echoed the president by charging that Gonzales was the victim of a partisan witch hunt. As Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) put it, "It is my hope that whomever President Bush selects as the next attorney general, he or she is not subjected to the same poisonous partisanship that we've sadly grown accustomed to over the past eight months."

The search for a replacement for Gonzales begins with a standoff between congressional Democrats' demands for a non-partisan, non-controversial nominee and Bush's determination not to allow Democrats to become personnel officers for his administration.

What is in the president's interest is to find someone with dependable Republican credentials who can nonetheless win confirmation with solid Democratic support. The confirmation process will demonstrate the extent to which both sides can move beyond what has been an unhappy chapter in the history of the Justice Department. In the current environment, that may prove difficult.

-- Dan Balz

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23 Mar 2007 // WASHINGTON -- Three weeks ago, Justice Department officials settled on a "talking point" to rebut the chorus of Democratic accusations that the Bush administration had wrongly injected politics into law enforcement when it dismissed eight U.S. attorneys.

Why not focus on the Clinton administration's having "fired all 93 U.S. attorneys" when Janet Reno became attorney general in March 1993? The idea was introduced in a memo from a Justice Department spokeswoman.

The message has been effective. What's followed has been a surge of complaints on blogs and talk radio that it was the Clinton administration that first politicized the Justice Department.

The facts, it turns out, are more complicated.

In a March 4 memo titled "Draft Talking Points," Justice Department spokeswoman Tasia Scolinos asked, "The [White House] is under the impression that we did not remove all the Clinton [U.S. attorneys] in 2001 like he did when he took office. Is that true?"

That is mostly true, replied D. Kyle Sampson, then chief of staff to Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales. "Clinton fired all Bush [U.S. attorneys] in one fell swoop. We fired all Clinton [U.S. attorneys] but staggered it out more and permitted some to stay on a few months," he said.

A few minutes later, Deputy Atty. Gen. Paul J. McNulty replied to the same memo.

"On the issue of Clinton [U.S. attorneys], we called each one and had them give us a timeframe. Most were gone by late April. In contrast, Clinton [Justice Department] told all but a dozen in early March to be gone immediately," McNulty said.

The difference appears minor. Both McNulty and Sampson acknowledged that the Bush administration, like the Clinton administration, brought in a new slate of U.S. attorneys within a few months of taking office.

But historical data compiled by the Senate show the pattern going back to President Reagan.

Reagan replaced 89 of the 93 U.S. attorneys in his first two years in office. President Clinton had 89 new U.S. attorneys in his first two years, and President Bush had 88 new U.S. attorneys in his first two years.

Posted by: piper190 | August 28, 2007 12:33 PM | Report abuse

bush forgets?

bush forgets? he banks on it. he banks on your civility and your inability to call him on his

simple sh*t...

if you stole from him, he'd call you a thief and shoot you, or have someone shoot you...


in crime gangs, you disinfect...


if you arrested bush and wiped out his family, you would be doing to him, what he would do to you and yours...


to treat him like he _is_ someone respectable is to give him credit for what he has never demonstrated....


did he ever win anything that wasn't given to him?

whether it is avoiding SEC charges or electoral fraud, this boy couldn't even poop if his mom didn't wipe his bottom until his early teen years...

he hasn't ever learned responsibility 'cause no one made him...


do the world a favor, hold the little shhhyyte responsible for his actions...

arrest and try for treason, then impeach him.

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Posted by: afraidofme | August 27, 2007 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Bush tends to forget the good men Karl Rove dragged in the mud for political reasons and advantage. What about John McCain in 2000 and John Kerry? Two names of men representing two political parties. I guess it's alright for Bush and Company to drag and humiliate good men, but it's not proper when decent men condemn a liar and a forgetter.

Posted by: sek1026 | August 27, 2007 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Gonzales and Rove walked off the stage,


who cares.......... corruption is still having it's day with war profiteering...

oil theft and calling their boy in charge of IRAQ a loser...Malaki,

when bushCO and CRONYs couldn't deliver...


how stupid are these cons?


if the year were 1933, they might have pulled it off...didn't anyone tell them that they internet makes blatant theft a bad idea???


arrest the pond scum, and put in some cesspool cleaner in the tank that you put them in, to make sure that they are recycled...

even excrement, properly fermented can have it's uses... take a bite out of crime arrest the shrub and shred him...

.

Posted by: afraidofme | August 27, 2007 11:15 PM | Report abuse

what happens is what happens in a bushCO and CRONYist based government...


the people in charge take advantage, and the AG obfuscates...


there is no seperation from the bushCO and CRONY group....Gonzales didn't act independently....


he wouldn't have been allowed in unless murder , mayhem and general disrespect for the law were part and parcel to his personality....

crooks hire crooks to work the inside....NSA eavesdropping, Gonzales grinning like a Coy o te'


he looked like someone representing a Panamanian coke dealer or something....he oozed greaseball.......


Presidente' Bush's father's father supported the NAZI's to win WWII....and hired Allen Dulles of CIA fame to hide the money...

the family lives and breathes MONEY is MORE IMPORTANT THAN COUNTRY...

they have been directly linked to supporting Sunni insurgents in IRAQ....the people that they are calling al QUEADA....


treason? it wouldn't be the first time in the families history...and you might want to check out Rumsfeld, Cheenie, James Baker the III... too

you also might want to ask yourselves this question...

why are 6 IRAN CONTRA, thugs for drugs people working the whitehouse, unless drug running is a big part of this corrupt whitehouse....


confirm it here:

SEARCH ON Gary Webb, George H.W. Bush, Parry, crack cocaine, DoJ Letter of Understanding with the CIA

read the Letter of Understanding, it gives the CIA permission to DRUG TRAFFICK in Central and South AMERICA, and mercy me, AFGHANISTAN....and not record profits or face criminal prosecution...

DoJ Letter of Understanding....how cool is that, Cheenie and Poppy drug runners.

and those _ILLEGAL_ ALIENS that bushCO and CRONIES wanted to get AMNESTY W/NO BACKGROUND CHECK....how many of them would have turned up in Border Patrol....? Honduran Cowboys/Paramilitary manning our borders??? ai yai yai ai...no mas pen day hoes

.

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Posted by: afraidofme | August 27, 2007 11:07 PM | Report abuse

"His stubborn refusal to accept the reality that he had lost the confidence of nearly everyone..." This could describe every member of the Bush Administration. This rabid unwillingness to accept reality has lead to every blunder made by BushCo and cost hundreds of thousands of lives. How do these people sleep at night?

Posted by: FactChecker1 | August 27, 2007 11:03 PM | Report abuse

A forced resignation from Gonzales is the sign of Americans' strong voice of their disapproval towards the Bush administration. It is no surprise to anyone that our president and his administration have stirred and cause scandals within White House and hid truth from the American public. Similar to the dealings with the war in Iraq, this administration has been feeding lies to the public. Now the war has proven to be a failure and is causing more violence, terror and poverty in this world. According to the Borgen Project, it only takes $19 billion dollars annually to eradicate world hunger and poverty. However, our government has already spent more than $450 billion dollars over this fruitless war in Iraq. It is time for the Bush Administration to take a real interest in the lives of the American people as well as people who are in desperate needs around the world. Stop the lies and stop poverty now.

Posted by: mstessyrue | August 27, 2007 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Geez, I almost feel sorry for these guys. Somebody should of told bush and his cronies that running the United States was the real thing. The way they ran this administration one would think they were olay-acting Pirates of the Administration or something. Do you think they put on tights and clanked wooden swords during "classifed meetings." Maybe that's why they don't want to turn over emails.

Posted by: ttacner2 | August 27, 2007 10:34 PM | Report abuse

the want to be republicans should pack up and go home. i'm sure barry goldwater is turning over in his grave. GOD rest you barry.

Posted by: phantom | August 27, 2007 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Really, who feels sorry for a liar?

Good Riddance, and hopefully many more "casualites" from the inept * administration.

Just like BB a * in front of their name.

Her in lies a US first, the *ush Administration takes the GOLD in ineptness, or for lack of a better word, who cares.

My vote was never cast for them, glad some have come to their senses.

Posted by: smtpgirl08 | August 27, 2007 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Really, who feels sorry for a liar?

Good Riddance, and hopefully many more "casualites" from the inept * administration.

Just like BB a * in front of their name.

Her in lies a US first, the *ush Administration takes the GOLD in ineptness, or for lack of a better word, who cares.

My vote was never cast for them, glad some have come to their senses.

Posted by: smtpgirl08 | August 27, 2007 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Strikes me that Bush and his tight clutch of cronies is about as opposite in temperament and ability to A. Lincoln and his cabinet as possible. The lock-step rigidity and absence of resourcefulness of the Bush crowd in a time of great national stress has taken the entire crew down, and us with them. See Doris Kearns Goodwn's "Team of Rivals."

Posted by: paulco | August 27, 2007 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Alberto leaves without equaling Janet Reno's body count.

Posted by: lpcary | August 27, 2007 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Do not forget that 911 was inside job. The hollow pillars were filled with thermate mixture from the roof. you can find all info and videos on 911 blogger dot com. You will find the info on the zionist criminals and conspirators on neturei karta's website and also in the book holocaust victims accuse. We wont even mention the brilliant analysis of human condition in the protocols of the learned elders of zion. Yay to Alan Dershowitz for his acumen.

Posted by: j | August 27, 2007 8:48 PM | Report abuse

What a WASTE of time and money ... nothing accomplished.

The head of the snake still survives, Bush and Cheney and the Neocons. Even if they are arrested and taken to their own gulag, guantanamo, for their crimes of killing 3000+ people on 911 and the subsequent murder of million Iraqis, justice wont be done.

Infact, who would get them to spill out the admission of their crimes from their mouth. The Fuhrers would probably commit suicide.

Posted by: j | August 27, 2007 8:44 PM | Report abuse

even the chihuahua dog resigned!!! The nightmare is getting to an end for the American people. GOD BLESS AMERICA !!! Question to the Decider: why don't you resign too and make 75% of the people in America happy?

Posted by: jamil1 | August 27, 2007 8:40 PM | Report abuse

I am happy to hear the news about the long overdue resignation of gonzo... but I'm still afraid that one person will not bring stability back to your once great nation. I am a Canadian who watches with fascination the political warfare that goes on in you bi-partisan arena. Every great empire has fallen and it was up to the people who lead the empire to decide how fast the end comes, it scares me to think of the world we live in now because of your administration and their choices on foreign policy. Your president, and I will not capitalize him at all!! for inane reasons has made this world more dangerous than ever. He should be brought up on charges of war-crimes, lying to his people and other various atrocities that he and his cronies have committed. Then again he will never leave the US after his presidency because he is probably well aware that if he were to land in any country outside of Canada and Mexico he would be charged through the ICJ. As a member of the rest of the world please get together and make positive changes for your country in the next election and not revenge election tactics through partisan politics. Conservatives have a voice that is just as important as liberal but there are extremists on both ends of your two party system. Money cannot buy proper democratic rule neither can decisions based on emotion. Just remember that all empires must eventually crumble but it is up to the people of those empires to decide how they are seen by the rest of the world. Make positive changes not partisan ones PLEEAAASSSSSEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mdhassen | August 27, 2007 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Attorney General Gonzales has taken the responsible and appropriate action in resigning," said Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel. "His resignation is the best thing for the country, Justice Department and the President."

Hagel is completly correct. Its "better late then never" for Gonzoles to resign.

Gonzo was just another politician in Bush's pocket, and maybe (not likely) Bush will appoint an AG with a mind of their own.

Posted by: doubleblackdiva323 | August 27, 2007 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait for Chertoff to be nominated. He'll have to explain how he can leave his position at a time when his gut says we'll be attacked at any minute. Seems like a safe time to shakeup the leadership over at Homeland Security.

Posted by: dcurules | August 27, 2007 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Somehow I get the sense that the White House will be perfectly content to allow Clement to serve out the remaining term as acting A.G. He is every bit the loyal Bushie. He won't get involved in electioneering shenanigans, but he will push the White House's radical and unprecedented line on preventing any light from shining into the White House's operation of the Department and will throw his weight behind the TSP and stifle litigation against Bush donors.

I would not be surprised to see the White House go through the motions of putting up a nominee who is likely to face a tough confirmation battle with the thought that Clement will stay on.

One way or another Congress should persist in obtaining a more complete account of what went on at the DOJ in recent years -- especially as it relates to communications between the DOJ and the White House political office -- even if this means continued digging into 2009 and 2010.

Posted by: JPRS | August 27, 2007 7:59 PM | Report abuse

The sad thing is that if Gonzales hadn't been such a complete and total suck-up, he could have made his mark as the first Hispanic AG. Now he goes down in history as the Mexican sidekick to the corrupt rich, wanna-be rancher Boss-man from Texas. Worse than a cartoon character! Tragedy!

Posted by: thebobbob | August 27, 2007 7:51 PM | Report abuse

possible future career choice for Mr.G
1. lobbyist ? Can't recall what he'll be lobbying for !!
2. Senior partner in some law firms ladden with rich Republican lawyers ?
That would be great for the fat cats to keep paying him big bucks for doing nothing. Justice served !!
or.......

3. Play the role " Wormtail " in future Harry Potter films .
Wormtail fan club, anyone ?

Posted by: oberst | August 27, 2007 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Have you ever stopped to think how hard it must have been to have found so many losers to appoint or elevate to high places: Gonzo, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Brownie, Rove, Scooter, Perle,... The list goes on and on. Oh, don't forget the two bozos he appointed to the SC. Even Condi and Margaret are marginal. Bush has risen (sunk) to a level of incompetence never before seen and never likely to be duplicated! Grieve for the country.

Posted by: jrw1 | August 27, 2007 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Didn't the President say that anyone in his administration who broke the law would be fired. So far law breakers have been rewarded with with promotions and commuted sentences. I am under the impression that treason during a time of war is punishable by death. For a man who so staunchly supports the death penalty he seems incapable of even slapping the wrists of his naughty cronies.

Posted by: montojac | August 27, 2007 7:09 PM | Report abuse

he would have had some support if not for his letting loose rogue prosecutors on innocent people.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | August 27, 2007 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Gonzales has proven to be yet another shining example of the incompetence and blind loyality that George W. has used to undermine our government. Perhaps the only real service he's offered our country is resigning.

Posted by: jaynashvil | August 27, 2007 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Congress is showing restraint and concern for the reputation of the United States by not impeaching the principle wrongdoer.
Hey Bush, ya enacted policies to help your friends to the detriment of the common good, started a war that has led to the senseless deaths of a lot of Americans, embarrassed yourself, embarrassed your country, disempowered the Republican Party for the short term at least, let your friends take the fall for ya, ruined the family name, and are an idiot. Hope it was worth it!!!

Posted by: glenbc | August 27, 2007 6:16 PM | Report abuse

The fact that Bush even now describes Gonzales as "a man of integrity, decency and principle" shows Bush's own abysmal lack of integrity, decency and principle.

Posted by: hesthe | August 27, 2007 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Whether it's Bush as Chickenhawk-in-Chief or Gonzales as Perjurer General, you would be hard put to find two more incompetent, selfish, and self-centered losers.

Posted by: reporter1 | August 27, 2007 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Hello. I think the bottom line is that the AG give two hoots for the Constitution and that he take an oath to defend it seriously.

If I had my druthers, I'd appoint James Comey for the interim job.

Posted by: karenfern | August 27, 2007 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Rummy, Rove, and now Gonzales are all gone? There is a God after all! Now, if that smug, smirking, and vile advocate of torture, Dick Cheney, would just go off to hunt quail in the woods of Wyoming and get lost forever our nation could begin the climb up that slow road to normalcy. No, wait! That still would leave us with the most feckless of all frat boys as Decider-In-Chief. Is impeachment still off the table, Madam Speaker?

Posted by: scottshot | August 27, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

So when Democrats take control of both houses and the Presidency will we see just a continuation of the policy of personal destruction? Sometimes it seems that the political class resembles nothing more than a bunch of schoolyard bullies. Democrats and Repubs spend so much time in the attack mode that there seems little chance of binding our nation together. We face a host of problems both within our country and from abroad. If there is no meaningful accommodation between partisans then perhaps we should just turn out the lights and say goodnight.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | August 27, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Best quote on the subject: "Alberto Gonzales is the first attorney general who thought the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth were three different things." Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill.

Posted by: al | August 27, 2007 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Confirmation hearings are going to be interesting. I'd expect some harball questions from Leahy, Schumer, et al.

Posted by: mshimazu | August 27, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Another rotten apple falls out of the tree, Thank God! In the last year, Scotter Libby, Ronald Dumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, and FINALLY Karl Rove, and Gonzo have made long awaited exits stage left. They are jumping like rats from the Titanic. Five down and two to go (Clueless George, and Chicken Hawk Cheney the last two) before TRUE democracy can be restored to the republic once again. As for the other five: Better Late Than Never!

Posted by: russ_broadway | August 27, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Who'd have guessed a man who shares Bush's reactionary hick sensibilities wouldn't fare well among the intelligent educated set in Washington?

Posted by: glenbc | August 27, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Now if the Demented Moron that appointed him A.G would go shot himself it would be a start on returning this Nation to sanity! Gonzales should never have been higher than a bail bond operations for Illegal Mexicans!

Posted by: american1 | August 27, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

How sad that Minority Leader McConnell saw
fit to use the term "poisonous partisanship". Lets go back to Whitewater
and see who started us down this wholly predictable road. I long for the day that
True Republicans can have the balls to dis-agree with the more "poisoned partisans" of
their own party, rather than lining up like
lemmings. Only then will we have true bi-
partisanship for our great Country.

Posted by: habibhaddad | August 27, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Partisan politics brought Gonzales down? Whose partisan politics? Why the politics of the Bushies in all offices and supporters of the president in the house and senate.

We all know that with if republicans had total control of both the house and senate this would never happen. Look how well and honestly they treated Bill and Hillary Clinton and the white house staff.

I can't wait for a Democratic house and Senate with really clear majorities and a Democratic President.

Posted by: Parcons | August 27, 2007 3:55 PM | Report abuse

It's terrifying how few people seem to know how our justice system works in the first place. Any suggestion of prosecuting this bloke will be met with suggestions we "move forward," or the like. Take THAT argument before a judge...

Posted by: mobedda | August 27, 2007 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Gonzo's biggest offense to the President was his willingness to continue to drag the White House through the morass he created, and his resignation will surely not end it. For that, George Bush gets exactly what he deserves.

Unfortunately, he damaged the country and gutted the Constitution while he was doing it.

I wonder whether Gonzo, too, will get one of those Medals of Freedoms. If I were he, I'd be asking for an absolute, unconditional pardon. He'll need it.

Posted by: Va_Lady2007 | August 27, 2007 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Gonzales quit the Air Force Academy after two years thereby avoiding a further extension of his time in the service. Two years free education at taxpayer expense with no resulting pay back to the country.Is ther any wonder that him and that renowned fighter pilot "W" got along so well.Ask not what you can do for your country but what your country can do for you.

Posted by: JLACORTE | August 27, 2007 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Well I've been waiting for this in addition to the Secretary of Defense,Secretary of the Army and Secretary of Veterans Affairs they are dropping like flies.

I filed a complaint against HUD with the OIG'S Office several months ago and have been getting the runaround. I obtained a judgment against HUD within the Federal District Court and HUD failed to appeal. A Year later HUD and their crooked lawyers sent my rental tenants a letter telling them to leave the property that HUD was the owner in violation of the District Court Judgment,and the Constitution of the United States, this is theft!

The OIG'S Office is required under the law to inform the Attorney General's Office of suspected criminal activity within HUD. I don't see where this has been done and I'm still waiting to get my interest in my property back and meanwhile I suffer from the financial hardships not HUD.

Yes better late than never but lets see what the next Attorney General does about enforcing the Constitution of the United States and Federal Criminal Laws. Don't be fooled there is more here than what meets the eye about Gonzales.

I'm glad this one is gone forever!


Posted by: mustanglx85 | August 27, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Well I've been waiting for this in addition to the Secretary of Defense,Secretary of the Army and Secretary of Veterans Affairs they are dropping like flies.

I filed a complaint against HUD with the OIG'S Office several months ago and have been getting the runaround. I obtained a judgment against HUD within the Federal District Court and HUD failed to appeal. A Year later HUD and their crooked lawyers sent my rental tenants a letter telling them to leave the property that HUD was the owner in violation of the District Court Judgment,and the Constitution of the United States, this is theft!

The OIG'S Office is required under the law to inform the Attorney General's Office of suspected criminal activity within HUD. I don't see where this has been done and I'm still waiting to get my interest in my property back and meanwhile I suffer from the financial hardships not HUD.

Yes better late than never but lets see what the next Attorney General does about enforcing the Constitution of the United States and Federal Criminal Laws. Don't be fooled there is more here than what meets the eye about Gonzales.

I'm glad this one is gone forever!


Posted by: mustanglx85 | August 27, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

S'all right. Chertoff will cover up the illegalities and fend off inquiry just as enthusiastically as Fredo.

Posted by: nicekid | August 27, 2007 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Hard to believe he was reportedly considered for nomination the Supreme Court.

Posted by: mattski | August 27, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Dragged through the dirt for political reasons? And what were the reasons, when the AG did not tell the truth when appearing before congressional committees? Not in line with the White House's politics as usual? Not the right words from the man who should be the protector-in-chief of the constitution and the laws.
http://www.reflectivepundit.com/reflectivepundit/2007/08/alberto-gone-za.html

Posted by: bn1123 | August 27, 2007 3:37 PM | Report abuse

If a partisan witch hunt is what's needed to stop torture, then I'm all for partisan witch hunts... The fact is the GOP reactions are their usual smear of incredible and uncredable comments.

Posted by: timscanlon | August 27, 2007 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Partisanship, indeed, is the only explanation for this entire sordid affair. All this administration knows is how to view the world as 'us vs. them', the very definition of partisanship. That attitude got us into trouble on the world stage, and it created havoc when the Democrats unexpectedly won control of Congress in 2006.

The attorney firings may not have been illegal, but they stank to high heaven. So in the end, Justice is done.

Posted by: ethanquern | August 27, 2007 3:29 PM | Report abuse

How about Fred Thompson for Gonzo's replacement? He can't decide on the Presidency so why not Attorney General?

Posted by: filoporquequilo | August 27, 2007 3:28 PM | Report abuse

President Bush has proven this day that he lacks judgement and common sense. Alberto Gonzales has been a dissaster for this administration.

Posted by: ktpllrd | August 27, 2007 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Another one of the Bush criminal class heads for the exits. If only Bush could do the same.

Posted by: doug | August 27, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Bush has made it clear that he'd rather play to the nasty bigots who comprise his base than achieve anything whatsoever in his last months. So it will be another hooting and hollering disgrace before the Congress with Republicans posturing about "partisanship" and "obstructionism" while Democrats weakly try to oppose the nomination of some knucklewalker who believes in God and thinks He lives in money.

Ugh. I can't wait for this administration to be gone.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 27, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Gonzales's exit from the Justice Dept. stage today is long overdue, many Democrats say. (Getty).

DAN:
YOU NEGLECTED TO ADD "AND REPUBLICANS"....
JUST TO BE CORRECT

Posted by: marinemommilof3 | August 27, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Better to "step off" than (continue to) "step in."

Posted by: filoporquequilo | August 27, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

As Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) put it, "It is my hope that whomever President Bush selects as the next attorney general, he or she is not subjected to the same poisonous partisanship that we've sadly grown accustomed to over the past eight months."
As one who voted for Republicans, I agree. I am ashamed that the Republicans, not conservatives, have used divisive and partisan politcs for almost seven years and lied to conservatives about their intentions, too.
George Bush is neither compassionate nor a conservative.

Posted by: ppnluv | August 27, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm absolutely certain that my two Senators from Texas, who will remain nameless in this comment, would introduce legislation to bring back slavery if they thought it would benefit the President in a positive way. Texans with common sense are hard to find

Posted by: megnick_99 | August 27, 2007 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Too bad it waswn't a cliff. I understand the John Mitchell Room at Club Fed is looking forward to celibrating diversity...

Posted by: braultrl | August 27, 2007 2:45 PM | Report abuse

President Bush said
"His good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons."

True enough. The question is, who did the dragging, and who gained politically?

Posted by: bsimon | August 27, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

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