Gonzales 'Couldn't Remember' Combo for His Safe
Former Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales failed to keep classified documents in a secure location in his Alexandria home, claiming that he simply "couldn't remember the combination" on an in-home safe three years ago.
Instead, the documents, which contained "top secret" information about the now much-discussed warrantless wiretapping program and detainee interrogations, according to a report released yesterday, were placed in his briefcase or elsewhere in his home.
The case was not referred for prosecution and the information was not deemed "a close call," in terms of potentially being lost or stolen, reports The Post's Carrie Johnson. But the episode further highlights some of the more notable memory gaps of Gonzales' tenure as attorney general.
In April 2007, during testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Gonzales sidestepped 71 questions, saying he couldn't remember details, according to a count by The Associated Press.
During the five-hour panel, Gonzales said "nothing improper occurred" when asked about the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, which Democrats allege came as a result of improper pressure from GOP lawmakers. Gonzales resigned a few months after that hearing.
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