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Hill Democrats: Gonzales Resignation 'Not the End of the Story'

House and Senate Democrats are vowing to press ahead with their investigations into allegations of an overly politicized Justice Department while calling on President Bush to nominate a consensus replacement for departing Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales.

"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," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said in a statement.

With Gonzales's resignation Democrats secured their most prominent oversight victory of their nascent majority status, coming on the heels of a double-barreled investigation by the House and Senate Judiciary committees that whittled away at the political support on Capitol Hill.

With no nominee yet to succeed Gonzales, it's entirely unclear when confirmation hearings will begin. Democrats called for a new attorney general with deep prosecutorial experience -- Gonzales was never a prosecutor.

Republican Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) praised Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, a rumored replacement.

"I think he's a first-rate prospect. I'd be prepared to give him an A rating," Specter said in a conference call from Poland.

By late morning, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was the only other senior Republican to discuss Gonzales, issuing a statement warning Democrats to steer clear of the partisan atmosphere of the past seven months of this investigation: "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."

Specter told reporters he hoped the department would "regain functionality."

"This is a very tough day for Alberto Gonzales, a very, very tough day. I'm only going to say positive things about him. ... I'm not going to look backward," Specter said in a conference call from Poland, where he is traveling.

The demise of Gonzales began with the investigations into the firings of U.S. attorneys last year, seven on one day in December 2006 and two others earlier in the year. Unprecedented in its nature and timing -- a Republican White House firing GOP prosecutors midterm -- the Judiciary Committees began a series of hearings in the late winter, including a March 6 appearance by six of the ousted U.S. attorneys in which three of them testified about improper pressure they had received from congressional GOP aides or Justice Department officials regarding investigations in their districts, some of them involving congressional or gubernatorial candidates.

As the lawmakers' probes of the Justice Department unfolded throughout the spring and summer, Gonzales lost all credibility among congressional Democrats and many Republicans. Democrats were focusing on whether the prosecutors were fired for political reasons -- possibly to impede investigations of Republicans or to force prosecutions of Democrats. In a highly unusual no-confidence vote in June, 53 Senators, including seven Republicans, voted in favor of moving to a final, non-binding vote against the beleaguered attorney general. That final vote never happened, but several more Republicans joined Democrats in calling for Gonzales's resignation.

Democrats contend they still do not have a full understanding of why the U.S. attorneys were fired and who made the final decisions about the dismissals. "If the power of the prosecutor has been misused in the name of partisanship, we deserve a full airing of the facts. The responsibility to uncover these facts is still on the Congress and the Judiciary Committee in particular," House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) said.

After Gonzales's April 19 appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, most lawmakers expected a resignation. Instead, Bush dug in, voicing full support for the attorney general. Democrats responded by digging deeper into the department's actions and opening new areas of inquiry. Senate Republicans essentially stopped appearing at Judiciary Committee hearings on the investigation and refused to defend Gonzales's actions.

Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey appeared before both Judiciary committees. He spoke in support of almost every fired prosecutor. He also told senators his gripping tale about a March 2004 hospital room visit by then White House counsel Gonzales and White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card. Gonzales and Card wanted to get then-Attorney General John Ashcroft to re-authorize a terrorist surveillance program. Ashcroft was recovering from gallbladder surgery and pancreatitis. He reportedly refused the request from Card and Gonzales and Comey later testified that he felt the two White House officials had tried to "take advantage of a very sick man." Gonzales later testified that he had gone to the hospital to discuss a different issue -- not the secret wiretapping program, but he was flatly contradicted by Comey and FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Comey's appearance before the committees, coupled with Gonzales's testimony in late July, has prompted calls from Democrats that either a special prosecutor or the department's inspector general investigate Gonzales for perjury or false statements to Congress. The inspector general, along with the Office of Professional Responsibility, is already investigating whether Gonzales improperly coached a key witness, former counsel Monica Goodling, about her recollection of events. The joint internal probe is also examining whether Goodling and other Justice aides improperly used political consideration in hiring staff.

The House Judiciary Committee has already voted to hold former White House Counsel Harriet Miers in contempt for her refusal to testify about the prosecutor firings. Miers cited the president's executive privilege argument, which asserts that the top aides to the president cannot and should not be compelled to testify. The panel also voted to hold the White House in contempt for refusing to turn over documents about the investigation. And the Senate panel is considering contempt charges against outgoing White House aide Karl Rove for his refusal to testify.

"It has been a long and difficult struggle but at last, the attorney general has done the right thing and stepped down. For the previous six months, the Justice Department has been virtually nonfunctional and desperately needs new leadership," Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement. "Democrats will not obstruct or impede a nominee who we are confident will put the rule of law above political considerations. We beseech the Administration to work with us to nominate someone whom Democrats can support and America can be proud of."

By Paul Kane  |  August 27, 2007; 1:24 PM ET
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|"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," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said in a statement.|

FOR SURE!! And it can't happen soon enough!! HALLELUJAH!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

***Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)...issu(ed) a statement warning Democrats to steer clear of the partisan atmosphere of the past seven months of this investigation***

Right, Mitch...just like the Republicans steered clear of the partisan atmosphere during the Bill Clinton witch hunt. Dream on, Mitch...looks to me like it's payback time.

Posted by: jerryvov | August 27, 2007 2:03 PM | Report abuse

bush won't nominate anyone who is not a croney. I'm glad he is gone, but I am not sure it will be a better Justice Dept for it.

Posted by: swtexas | August 27, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Get the emails and the rest will take care of itself. I suspect that Gonzales resignation (as well as that of Rove) is in hopes of stopping Democrats from pursuing the emails. The idea is that if they are gone the investigation will appear to be pointless. The administrations refusal to supply them is on shaky ground and Democrats are close to forcing the release. The resignations should be incentive for the Democrats to go after the emails because they are on a trail that will lead to criminal indictments throughout the administration.

Posted by: Kevin Morgan | August 27, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

The only Republican known to have so much as a splinter of integrity is Patrick Fitzgerald, but I'm not holding out for Bush to nominate someone who gave his VP a black eye.

Posted by: Chris Fox | August 27, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Mr Kane,

Good to have you back blogging during this important news cycle.

Posted by: Dewwy Devil | August 27, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"The only Republican known to have so much as a splinter of integrity is Patrick Fitzgerald"

I think not. He had Armitage and Rove cold and decided to throw Libby as a bone to the dogs.

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

As the architects of denial and obfuscation to the reasonable and necessary requests of congress and the Judiciary committee step away I am afraid that the truth of the matter will step away with them. I can only hope that there is determination to follow through with all investigations and every road of inquiry and that everyone responsible for the "misadventure" in Iraq and all related matters like the post 911 assault on the rights of Americans are held accountable for their misdeeds.
Further, the steps taken to control the political will of the country by lies, obfuscation, abuse of the Hatch act, etc should also be rebuffed and accountability should be aggressively pursued.
We can not accept that one death is murder and 300,000 to a million dead Iraqi and Afghani civilians is a foriegn policy blunder to be shrugged off as "necessary". It isn't/wasn't necessary, the invasion of Iraq was not justified and those who promoted it need to be held accountable for every aspect that adversely effected the lives of everyone involved, including Americans.
The secret CIA prisons, the torture, the denial of fundamental rights offered by the Geneva Convention to enemy combatants (like Padilla), etc have destroyed any credibility that America has when demanding respect for human rights in general as well as fair treatment of our soldiers when in enemy hands...
Mr. Gonzales is clearly a liar and the motivations for those lies go far beyond him and deep into the Cheney administration. Contempt citations should be enforced and these people need to be held accountable to the will of the American people for their many misdeeds. They are criminals.

Posted by: Nobody Knows | August 27, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

we are witnessing a congressional coup de etat with constitutional ramifications that are too dangerous to take as lightly as some of comments indicate. This is vastly more important than Dems "getting" Reps or vice-versa, and it is just as wrong as the GOP's absurd effort to impeach Clinton. I am afraid that the greatest generation is being followed by a generation that has chosen to undermine the republic in the name of political blood sport. The fact is (and I speak as a retired assistant AG) , all prosecutors in that office serve as political appointees at the pleasure (or whim) of the President. You can be fired for being a democrat, a republican, or having blue eyes..it does not matter. Congress is abusing its power by "investigating" something it has no right to investigate. Why is this happening? Pure politics. Mentally and emotionally unbalanced creatures such as Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, perhaps still upset over the 2000 election, are so obsessed with "getting Bush" they have forgotten how to govern. Some of these cretins had better be careful..Pelosi is involved with dirty business involving the minimum wage laws and special exemptions for corporations that give to her campaign, and Reid is a known crook. When the pendulum swings (as it always does), the next round of prosecutions will involve them. Is this "we get one of yours...you get one of ourts.." tit for tat what we elected these people for? I propose a better investigation..PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATIONS.

Posted by: christopherm | August 27, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Gonzo is Bushs Blow Job. Picture that. That is what is being investigated. How many times did you submit to it Gonzo?

Posted by: Dim | August 27, 2007 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I read the diatribe by "nobody knows" and had to respond. i am sick of ignorant little dimwits bad-mouthing this country based upon half-baked and downright uninformed blatherings. First: The Iraq war was not and is not "illegal". Congress approved it based upon the facts as known at the time. President Bush may have had bad intelligence from our post-Carter "stripped down" CIA, but the intelliegence we had was the same as the British, the French, the Israelis and even the Russians had. Were all these nations lying? Saddam Hussein invited invasion by playing coy about WMD's to the point that h is own generals, during the war, thought that they had WMD's and kept calling for him to use them. Were Saddam's generals working for Bush too? By the way, the Geneva Convention is a two-way street. Those islamic fighters you care so damn much about have no right to capture and behead innocent civilians or American prisoners. (Of course, dead Americans do not bother a traitor like you.) I have a question for you: How many innocent moslems were murdered by Hussein before we invaded? How many dead people are required before you will agree that action is required. (Perhaps 6 million dead jews did not offend you either. Was it wrong to go after Hitler?) Finally, this is a new kind of war with a new kind of enemy. The Geneva Convention addresses conventional was between uniformed national armies. it has never protected spies and saboteurs. Try reading a history book before you bray any more, OK?

Posted by: common sense | August 27, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

No... the story should not end with A.G. Alberto Gonzales'resignation.

There are ongoing Congressional investigations regarding "Obstruction of Justice" which may lead to prison time !

Those investigations MUST continue, as this may be merely a Karl Rove "princess of deception" ill-conceived strategy to dodge yet another bullet...

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

GEORGE W. BUSH IS THE FIGURE HEAD OF A CRIMINAL ORGANIZATION OPERATING OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE!

They behead people in public in Saudi Arabia. 15 of the 19 hijackers were from...Saudi Arabia. GHWBush, James Baker, Shafiq bin Laden, the Caryle Group and United Defense... The second largest wealth in Saudi Arabia is held by the Bin Ladens. 28 pages covering Saudi Arabia in the 9/11 Commissions report were redacted.

Gonzo is a small freedom frie.

"Heh, heh, heh, heh, heh." ~ George W. Bush

Posted by: BenAMarine | August 27, 2007 3:47 PM | Report abuse

To Common Sense.

whether the war is illegal or not, don't pretend it was bad intelligence (except in the present Republicans' minds).

These people are murderers and torturers.

Apologize for them and you're one of them.

Pure Evil.
Common Sense - more like No Decent Human Values.

Posted by: Tim from Silver Spring | August 27, 2007 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Call me ignorant if you will, but i think that all political problems come from the President and his entourage.
I don't think President Bush had the experience needed to preside, but his father pushed Chenny on him and see what happened.
There is always someone taking the heat for the President because he has to be protected but he should not be above the law.
So, in the case of Gonzales what would you do? They!!!! tell whoever what to do just like the coach in baseball.
It's hard to solve any problems starting at the bottom.

Posted by: Pepe | August 27, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Charles Schumer of New York has it right when he asks "what took so long." It was obvious that Gonzales was in over his head and didn't have the fortitude or integrity to resist White House political interference in the Justice Department. Want to read more? Try my blog, Views from the Left Coast. Read it, leave a comment. It's at viewsfromtheleftcoast@blogspot.com

Posted by: NatetheGrate | August 27, 2007 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I agree completely with dewwy devil, its good to have Mr. Kane back at the helm.
-Patrick Huss

Posted by: Patrick Huss | August 27, 2007 4:26 PM | Report abuse

The irrational diatribe launched in the name of 'common sense' caught my eye, enough so that I went back to review the submission by 'nobody knows'. Frankly, I like what he said. I invite everyone to view the video, "The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror" available through Google Video at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1130731388742388243

I suspect we're simply dealing with 'class warfare' here. Working class Americans have been sold out by the neocons and understandably complain. The neocons understandably attack the working class complainers because the neocon agenda is so profitable for a few. Anybody hear Cheney complain about the war? Why would he?

Posted by: dukimoto | August 27, 2007 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Why are we now hearing calls for impartial, balanced, nonbiased evaluations of nominees to replace Gonzo? Just a few years ago, when the Republicans had majorities in both houses, we heard how healthy partisanship was the lubricant that made democracy responsive to the people. If the Republicans had not abused their power, they would still have it.

Posted by: Jodie Mann | August 27, 2007 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Conservative Activist Urges Bush To Take Hard Line Following AG Exit

A longtime conservative activist and author says President Bush should confront Democrats following the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

http://onthehillblog.blogspot.com/2007/08/conservative-activist-urges-bush-to.html

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

The Dem "base" wants heads on a platter, hung from the highest walls, dripping blood and mire. I did too at one point. Jackass, The Presidency lurches back and forth between criminal stupidity and just plain criminal. People have to pay. Someone has to be made an example of... right?

But true independents, and voters who lean right but don't live in the opposing "base" camp, are willing to stipulate that Jackass, The Presidency has been an epic disaster. They might argue the reasons (intent versus incompetence), but Congress can turn up nothing in an investigation that will substantively change people's impressions of the Bush Administration. He's either the reincarnation of Hitler (the Kool-Aid left), hopelessly blundering (the middle), or due to be exonerated in about 150 years, his vision is so far-reaching (the kool-aid Right). Those impressions are locked in.

This is why Congress has such low poll numbers. The Kool-Aid Right hates it merely because it has the slightest of Democratic majorities. The Middle is tired of investigations, infighting and parochialism, whether ideological or geographical. And the Kool-Aid Left thought a Democratic majority would result in a pull-out of Iraq, the impeachment of Bush, and a public execution of Cheney by now.

Congress needs a "progressive" agenda, and it needs it now. No email is going to be worth the hootin' and hollerin' to get it -- a significant anti-cimax. What, Rove was a political partisan willing to throw any lever for an advantage? He strayed into legal grey area with his mischief? Shocking!

Get over it, and move on.


Posted by: Outrage Fatigue | August 27, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

All I know is that the rich are getting richer, the middle-class is vanishing and the poor are definitely getting poorer. Jobs are disappearing, salaries are dropping and the cost of everything is going up.

Maybe it's time to throw all of the D.C. carpetbaggers in the ocean, ban the lobbyists and start over. 2008 sounds like a good time to begin.

Posted by: DF in FL | August 27, 2007 5:41 PM | Report abuse

The Alberto Gonzales Magical Mystery Tour ......Let us revisit this artical !!!

Posted by: hankomatic | August 27, 2007 5:44 PM | Report abuse

The investigations must not end. Wrong is still wrong, no matter whether someone still has the job or not.

Posted by: jaynashvil | August 27, 2007 6:37 PM | Report abuse

We must root out the incompetent unpatriotic anti-American Red Bushies from their seats of power and send them to the Gulags they so richly deserve and that they built.

A little assistance with remembering never hurt anyone, right Alberto? Now hold your breath ...

Posted by: Will in Seattle | August 27, 2007 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Outrage Fatigue... Your post is full of wisdom and truth. I agree with much of it, up until the last statements.
As far as this investigation is concerned, Congress is doing its job. Nothing more, nothing less.
I'm from the camp that finds this administration both 'hopelessly bludering' and idealogically challenged. I do want to see Congress accomplish more than just investigating this administration. I don't want them to ignore breaches in the law, however, or encroachments on the seperation of powers, just so they can pass more laws.
We have had the unprecedented claim from this White House, that the VP is not a member of the Executive Branch. For Congress to pursue this is not merely a partisan show, or political theater as GOP talking points would have us believe. This is a dispute that will damage our government if not resolved. We need to have a final determination as to where among the three branches the Vice President's office lies, or it will have become the loophole in the seperation of powers.

Posted by: Patrick Huss | August 27, 2007 7:14 PM | Report abuse

They might be guilty of bludering, but I'm not sure what that is. Please replace bludering with blundering in my previous post.
An ironic word to mess up, no? 8)

Posted by: Patrick Huss | August 27, 2007 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Common Sense: 'First: The Iraq war was not and is not "illegal". Congress approved it based upon the facts as known at the time.'

Have you never heard of international law? The UN Charter? Article Two? The prohibition against aggressive war?

The amazing thing is, it was America who insisted at Nuremberg, and at the San Fransisco conference 1947, that this principle become codified in international law.

Yet today many Americans seem to be deliberately trying to forget it.

Posted by: OD | August 27, 2007 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I can honestly say that I've never clapped eyes on a lower, more contemptible bottom-feeder than Alberto Gonzales.

You know that stuff you get on your finger when you run it under the oven or behind the fridge? I get that feeling all over just listening to Gonzales talk.

It might seem vindictive, now that he's gone, to pursue the investigations, and perhaps it would be, if he'd resigned over this scandal. But he didn't - he didn't apologize or acknowledge any wrongdoing.

So I say follow him to the bottom and pinch him till he squeals.

I just pity the ones who have to sit through more of his testimony.

Posted by: Brian Kaufmann | August 27, 2007 7:32 PM | Report abuse

dems need a boogyman, with rove and gonzales gone, they have few people left to attack, and attacking the President directly will cost them, alot.

Posted by: dwight | August 27, 2007 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Dwight, a lot is 2 words.

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

It is time to let go of the U.S. Attorneys' probe. The key people have resigned. It is time to start focusing on Iraq and finding the best out of that mess.

Posted by: afam212 | August 27, 2007 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Amen. Let's hope that Harry Reid actually follows through.

It's hard to expect that he will, though. The Dems have been doing a lot of posturing but finally they have supported Bush's war all along. There are those who seem to view the current disaster we call "American foreign policy" as working to their advantage, and they cynically allow the killing to continue in hopes that they'll get more disaffected votes in 2008. One can't help but wonder how many people see through this cynicism, and will either refuse to vote or go independent.

Overall, it seems likely that the Dems won't really get to the bottom of anything, because God forbid that they do anything "divisive" that might possibly alienate some tiny sliver of voters that haven't already become disgusted with them.

Finally, to make a clarification to the post by 'common sense':

"President Bush may have had bad intelligence from our post-Carter "stripped down" CIA, but the intelliegence we had was the same as the British, the French, the Israelis and even the Russians had. Were all these nations lying?"

Well, let's have some balance and a little more substance here.

While Blair went along with Bush's lies about the intelligence, many in his administration clearly did not, and they went as far as to publicize classified documents such as the infamous "Downing Street Memo" concerning British foreign policy, which stated: "Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."

As for the French, Chirac and De Villepin very clearly did not agree with Bush, and they did not sign on with his lies. For their courage in breaking ranks with the United States, and daring to even suggest they might veto a UN resolution that would legitimize an attack on Iraq based upon the same shabby intelligence, the Republicans had a hissy fit and responded by yanking "French Fries" from menus on Capitol Hill (never mind that "French Fries" are actually from Belgium).

Posted by: Looking Ahead | August 27, 2007 8:36 PM | Report abuse

"and attacking the President directly will cost them, alot."

How so? Bush is the most deeply disliked politician in our lifetime. Few will be sad to see him hammered for the rest of his term. In fact, one reason Congress has such a low approval rating is because they haven't attacked him enough.

Posted by: jvf | August 27, 2007 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Impeachment of Gonzales will be the first step in voicing strong disapproval for the Bush administration from our Congress and the American people. 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 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Will we find W's fingerprints on this matter if we look hard enough? Is that why the Democrats are pushing so hard? Nancy is going to become president? Otherwise, I would not spend too much time on it because Rove and Gonzo are gone and that is the victory we needed. There is more pressing business facing the Nation. We must get back to taking care of our welfare. Life on earth is dwindling and time is shorter than you think.

Posted by: katman | August 27, 2007 9:48 PM | Report abuse

one less rat scurrying about the halls of the White House. Hopefully we americans can clean the White House up & make things inhabitable once again!

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Posted by: datindquw | August 28, 2007 5:53 AM | Report abuse

Hi! My name is Thor and I am running for congress from the great state of Texas! I am a liar, a cheat and a greedy pig. I will have affairs with men in public bathrooms, I will lie right to your face regardless of any evidence to the contrary. I hate queers even though I am gay! I hate immigrants even though I employ them for my nanny, housekeeper and yard work. The constitution doesnt mean a thing to me as long as I make money. I will sell my vote to the highest bidder. Thank you and God bless America, the Republican Party and death to Allah and democrats!

Posted by: Thor | August 28, 2007 8:53 AM | Report abuse

This was no resignation!! He was pushed out by idiot Bush at this specific time to distract the Dems from focusing on the Iraq problems and the Gen. P. report. I hope they realize this and don't spend too much time on an AT who will not have long to serve. Go after Gonzales and his lies...all the "I don't remember" stuff. What hogwash!! Also wondering what his pension will be???? Why isn't this info in the news??

Posted by: nhgal28 | August 28, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Only a War Crimes Trial held in Washington in the mold of Nurnberg in 1946 will bring the awful dimensions of the Bush-Cheney reign of terror to full light. Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats have blown the chance to do what the American people and, especially their fellow Democrats demand: impeachment and removal of Bush and Cheney.
A War Crimes Trial in 2009 is an absolute must.

Posted by: ALASTAIR | August 28, 2007 12:39 PM | Report abuse

as said before-

the electorate that replies to the polls are fed up with Congress, giving it a lower approval rating than the President. Why? because the Republicans hate anything run by Democrats, that is 25%, the left (such as alastair) hate congress because they are not holding war crimes, that is 25%, and the middle is fed up with the Democrats investigating the Executive since the Republicans abdicated their responsibilty when in charge of the Legislature, there is the other 25%

Gee, i wonder who the other 25% come from that approve of Congress ;

Posted by: wldbil | August 28, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I still can't believe that anyone is stupid enough to continue chasing this non-issue, as if it constitutes anything newsworthy. U.S. attorneys serve at the pleasure of the President and his designate, the Attorney General. If either of them wishes to fire any of them, for ANY reason, it's their choice, period, end of discussion. If you think W hobbled the Justice Department by firing 8 attorneys in (what will be) 8 years, consider what Bill Clinton did when he took office: he fired not one, not eight, but ALL sitting U.S. attorneys...every one in one swish of the pen! Do you think Mr. Clinton's action had any effect on the progress of pending cases? Of course it did, it stopped every one of them immediately. And where was the media outrage then? Where was Sen. Schumer then? At least in terms of keeping things moving at Justice, I'd say W deserves a grade of A for only bagging 8.

Again, the attorneys serve at the pleasure of the President. If you don't like the way the constitution is written, then change it, but for God's sakes, shut up about this stupid, non-story. And to Congress, please stop wasting time chasing this ridiculous, media-created and hyped circus.

Posted by: Steve | August 28, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Steve, step away from the KoolAid, man

Posted by: Patrick Huss | August 28, 2007 9:30 PM | Report abuse

The Speedy departure of Gonzales is not good enough. How much time do we need for the impeachment of Cheney and Bush? Their role in 911 is sufficient evidence of treason. The war on Iraq was only a byproduct of this crime.

Posted by: myself007 | August 29, 2007 8:31 AM | Report abuse

"Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement. "Democrats will not obstruct or impede a nominee who we are confident will put the rule of law above political considerations."

Yeah, right!!! Just like Janet Reno, huh?

Posted by: lorddunsmore | August 29, 2007 10:53 AM | Report abuse

we are at worst when fighting as rep or dems. it should be about right and wrong. our politicians have done good job keeping figiting on streets and they are ripping prize money.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2007 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Reps or Demos, six of one and half a dozen of the other. Both are corrupt and unpatriotic. They both would support US aggression on small countries because they have no respect for human life, both American and non-American.

Billions are spent on destruction, while the average American is deprived of decent education and health care. Only oil and arms merchants thrive on war and suffering.

Re-open investigation of 911 by a national or international committee in order to put Cheney and Bush behind bars.

Check this link and watch how Cheney and Bush demolished the World Trade Center and blasted the Pentagon with a rocket:

http://www.question911.com/

Traitors should be executed. Oppressed people should retaliate.

Posted by: myself007 | August 29, 2007 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Patrick, actually I'm enjoying my KoolAid. It doesn't contain a drug which leads me focus on (perfectly sensible) items in the constitution. The only KoolAid I'm drinking is constitutional KoolAid.

And Outrage's last line is spot-on. Move on.

Posted by: Steve | August 30, 2007 9:03 AM | Report abuse

It seems like the Fox noise network groupies continue to go ballistic instead of
facing the truth and looking for justice.
What we are up against is not a republican and not
a democrat issue, its an American issue, to protect the Constitution and the liberty
and freedom that we take for granted. These
things have never before in our history been in such danger as they are today. Its
time to wake up, its time to fight back.

Posted by: Al | August 30, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

A.G needs Bush to come and save him? Please...

Posted by: alexis | August 30, 2007 8:38 PM | Report abuse

May I suggest, as a mental exercise, that we put away the concepts of Democrats and Republicans briefly, and instead shift mental sets to think in terms of Executive Branch and Legislative Branch. From that framework, it is totally appropriate that the Leg. Branch assert its responsibilities and areas of influence.
Is it not their job to investigate potential corruption of another branch? And quite frankly, I don't understand the arguement that it is at the "pleasure of the president" to fire prosecutors who refused to politicize their choices of cases to prosecute. That's entirely different from across-the-board firings at a noncritical juncture in time.
And the example of the Vice President claiming to not be in the Executive Branch. That begs to be clarified, and who else but the Leg. Branch?
The confusion about the responsibilies of the parts of government started with the 109th Congress that only saw in terms of Dems and Repubs, thereby completely abdicating legislative responsibilities.

Posted by: Redwhiteblue | August 30, 2007 9:38 PM | Report abuse

These right-wingers have all drank the kool-aid from Bushco, you can see it in their blabberings. It was okay to spend $50 million dollars going after Clinton for a BJ, more millions going after him for Whitewater(nothing found, HA!)but it's not ok to go after the people destroying our constitution.
Guys, your hipocrasy is showing. A true right wing trait.

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